TIL of John R. Brinkley, an American Quack who convinced men to let him sew goat testicles into their abdomen as a way to increase male virility, as well as a cure all for all sorts of ailments and disease.

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  1. He’d be making bank selling Covid “cures” today. “Cures Covid and increases your sex drive! Special today is get 4 goat testicles for the price of 2!”

  2. Brinkley was fascinating and his story is amazing. Reply All episode #86 “Man of the People” is a great insight into him. If you want a great book about him, “Charlatan” by Pope Brock is a good deep dive as well.

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