Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pretender to medical knowledge or skill; an ignorant doctor.
- n. a quack doctor; someone who pretends to have medical knowledge
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A quack.
- French médicastre or Italian medicastro, from Latin medicus + -aster. (Wiktionary)
“One who brags of medicines or salves; a medicaster; a charlatan.”
“Mazarin, like a very unskilful physician, did not observe that the vital organs were decayed, nor had he the skill to support them by the chemical preparations of his predecessor; his only remedy was to let blood, which he drew so plentifully that the patient fell into a lethargy, and our medicaster was yet so stupid as to mistake this lethargy for a real state of health.”
“The native medicaster, having placed the green leaves on the patient's temples, would be brewing a concoction of emollient simples.”
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