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 Kaswa (Al).Katharine or Kathari’na. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Katerfelto.
 
A generic name for a quack or charlatan. Katerfelto was a celebrated quack or influenza doctor. He was a tall man, who dressed in a long black gown and square cap. In 1782 he exhibited in London his solar microscope, and created immense excitement by showing the infusoria of [muddy] water. The doctor used to aver that he was the greatest philosopher since the time of Sir Isaac Newton.   1
       
“And Katerfelto with his hair on end,
At his own wonders wondering for his bread.”
       
Cowper: The Task; The Winter Evening (1782).
 


 Kaswa (Al).Katharine or Kathari’na. 

 
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