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quack

 [kwak]
one who misrepresents ability and experience in diagnosis and treatment of disease or the effects to be achieved by treatment.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

char·la·tan

(shar'lă-tan),
A medical fraud claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

quack

(kwăk)
n.
1. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
2. A charlatan; a mountebank.
adj.
Relating to or characteristic of a quack: a quack cure.
intr.v. quacked, quacking, quacks
To act as a medical quack or a charlatan.

quack′er·y n.
quack′ish adj.
quack′ish·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
adjective Unproven, of doubtful efficacy
noun Charlatan, mountebank. A person who impersonates a physician
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

quack

adjective Unproven, see there. noun Charlatan, montebank A person who impersonates a physician. See Health fraud, Medicine show, Patent medicine, Quackery, Questionable doctor, Unproven methods for cancer management. Cf Alternative medicine.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

char·la·tan

(shahr'lă-tăn)
A medical fraud claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack.
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

quack

A person fraudulently claiming medical knowledge or skills or attempting to sell fraudulent remedies.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

char·la·tan

(shahr'lă-tăn)
A medical imposter claiming to cure disease by useless procedures, secret remedies, and worthless diagnostic and therapeutic machines.
Synonym(s): quack.
[Fr., fr. It. ciarlare, to prattle]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Nadeem said he took the boy to quack Mateeullah Shah's clinic, who gave him a syrup and later injected a medicine.
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initiate any enquiry against such quacks. " But in this case it was compulsory to complete the enquiry within 72 hours.
Porter [12] points out that the pre-modern medical world should not be "divided neatly between physicians and surgeons practicing their vocation, and disreputable businessmen selling their proprietary pills to a gullible public." Medicine in that period was an occupation rather than a vocation, and both "regular" medical practitioners and quacks were subjected to the vagaries of market forces.
The scientists' conclusion was that a duck's quack definitely echoes just like any other sound, but you might not notice it.
"The quack has long been a popular and profitable subject for artists in Europe and the United States," notes John Ittmann, Curator of Prints at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It is one of those scientific pearls of wisdom that tend to be quoted after several pints -a duck's quack doesn't produce an echo, and no-one knows why.
This holds for claims of a "money-back guarantee." Many quacks are fly-by-night operators who do not respond to refund demands.
PHC teams sealed 1,075 quack centres in Lahore, Faisalabad 723, Gujranwala 612 and Sheikhupura 576.
The highest number of quacks have been found in Sanghar 697, Mirpurkhas 405, Ghotki 335, Sukkur 325 and Jacoabad 302.
JHUDO -- The quacks have demanded a legal enquiry and action against all MBBS doctors who according to them are root cause of creating quacks.