Junk Science Oscars
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
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Door-To-Door Collectibles: Salves, Lotions, Pills & Potions from W. T. Rawleigh
Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937
The Toadstool Millionaires:
A Social History of Patent Medicines in America Before Federal Regulation
The Great Patent Medicine Era; or, Without Benefit of Doctor
The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19; New Perspectives
Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense
Against Health Scares & Scams
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity
The Snake-Oil Syndrome: Patent Medicine Advertising
Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show
The Midwest Pioneer: His Ills, Cures, & Doctors
America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918
The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype about Your Health
Signs, Cures, and Witchery: German Appalachian Folklore
I see so many ads for patent medicines and
miracle cures that I thought I'd start including some in The Olden
Times. After all, this is what our ancestors had to choose
from when seeking over-the-counter medications. You'll find that many of them seem to offer something for everyone, no matter what their medical complaint.
On one hand, they certainly make one grateful for
21st-century medicine. On the other hand, some of them sound alarmingly
John T. GILES Offers
Powders, for Acid Stomach, Nausea, or as a Gentle Purgative, 1855
Problems with Ulcers, Eruptions of Syphilitic Poisoning? H. H. GREEN Sells Acker's Blood Elixir at his Drug & Jewelry Store, IL, 1888
Galvanic Belt Restores Lost Manhood! 1888
Wolfe's Schnapps, 1903 But, Officer, it's for medicinal purposes only! (*hic*)
Suicide Prevention? Dr. MINTIE's English Dandelion, Liver and Dyspepsia Pills, 1874
Latham's Cathartic Extract, 1872 Sick headache? Impurities in the blood? Constipation? Here's your cure!
Peruvian Syrup: Cures Dropsy, Dyspepsia, Debility and Humors. Quite the comprehensive medicine!
Hartshorn's Bitters: Guaranteed!
For Men: The Electrovoltaic Belt Restores Lost Manhood, 1885
Well, you'd certainly get a charge out of this one.
A Solution to the
Damages Caused by
Young Men's Secret Habits
and Depraved Sexual Indulgences, TN, circa 1875 WILKINS
East India Hemp Cures Consumption & Bronchitis? Well, maybe you just don't care that you're sick once you've taken this "medicine!"
Dr. GILBERT's Sure Pile Cure Available Through J, B, ROMAINE, NY, 1866. A cure for hemorrhoids... or a torture tool?
Boker's Bitters, for sale by druggists, liquor merchants, and L. FUNKE, Jr., Sole Agent, New York, 1879
Green Mountain Cathartic, 1881 Malaria? Jaundice? Depression? Mental Depression? Dyspepsia? We've got your cure! Great graphic, too!
Dr. BUTTS' Dispensary... When young men suffer from indiscretion. 1881
Bel-Ans Pills for Indigestion, 1918
Dr. CASE's Carbolate of Tar Inhalants, 1883 For respiratory diseases.
Prevent Constipation with Herbine, 1903