The role of quacks in the practice of proctology

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Sep;14(9):795-8.


Most human beings will do almost anything to prolong their existence or to relieve themselves from the suffering of a disease. Others will do anything to exploit these desires by selling what they claim to be magical remedies or panacea for all diseases-even for the incurable ones. Quack is one of the several names used for practitioners or peddlers using supposedly ineffective medicines while it also relates to advertising by doctors. This article describes the practice of quackery in ano-rectal diseases, their presentations and the complications arising out of such procedures.

MeSH terms

  • Certification
  • Clinical Competence
  • Colorectal Surgery*
  • Complementary Therapies* / adverse effects
  • Hemorrhoids / therapy
  • Humans
  • Quackery*
  • Rectal Diseases / therapy*
  • Rectal Fistula / therapy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome