Why is a Doctor called a Quack ad where did it originate from?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is a derogatory term for a doctor. try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quack_doctor

    The word "quack" derives from "quacksalver," an archaic word originally of Dutch origin (spelled kwakzalver in contemporary Dutch), meaning "boaster who applies a salve." The correct meaning of the German word "quacksalber" is "questionable salesperson (literal translation: quack salver)." In the Middle Ages the word quack itself meant "shouting". The quacksalvers sold their wares on the market shouting in a loud voice.

    "Health fraud" is often used as a synonym for quackery, but this use can be problematic, since quackery can exist without fraud, a word which always implies deliberate deception.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Quack Doctor Meaning

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    quack - presented falsely as having curative powers.

    Many sellers of 'medical' substances were originally fakes.

    "medical charlatan," 1638, short for quacksalver (1579), from Du. kwaksalver, lit. "hawker of salve," from M.Du. quacken "to brag, boast," lit. "to croak" (see quack (v.)) + zalf "salve." Cf. Ger. Quacksalber, Dan. kvaksalver, Swed. kvacksalvare.

    Source(s): dictionary.reference
  • 4 years ago

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    Because all doctors used to be ducks. Honest.

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  • 1 decade ago

    quack if i know

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