By Ann Anderson
Lengthy sooner than tv and radio advertisements beckoned to capability purchasers, the medication express supplied unfastened leisure and promised therapies for every little thing from corns to melanoma. Combining parts of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and solid outdated entrepreneurship, the showmen of the yank drugs express bought tonics, ointments, capsules, extracts and a bunch of different "wonder-cures," bound to "cure what ails you." whereas the remedies have been seldom impressive, the medication express used to be a big a part of American tradition and of functionality background. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton, and P.T. Barnum all took a flip upon the medication express degree. This learn of the medication convey phenomenon surveys 19th century well known leisure and gives perception into the ways that express enterprise, advertisements, and medication manufacture constructed in live performance. the colourful global of the drugs express, with its Wild West indicates, pie-eating contests, clowns, and menageries, is absolutely explored. photos of performers and of the interesting handbills and posters used to advertise the drugs exhibit are incorporated
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9 Another medical torture inflicted by Rush and his contemporaries was calomel—a tasteless white powder of mercury chloride that produces at least as much suffering as the ailment for which it is prescribed; and in the Colonial era, it was prescribed frequently. 10 Calomel causes a heavy flow of saliva, bleeding gums, mouth sores, tooth loss, and an unfettered, bloody evacuation of the bowels. Patients hated it, and those who prescribed it hardened themselves for the messy business of doctoring.
Healers—United States—History—19th century. Patent medicines—United States—History—19th century. Title. 8'56'09034—dc21 00-30486 British Library cataloguing data are available �2000 Ann Anderson. All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. com To my mother Foreword Theatre studies have come a long way since Aristotle.
74 Humbug, according to Barnum, the self-appointed Prince of Humbugs, was the most practical of practical jokes—it got the consumer’s attention. Some of Barnum’s most notorious humbugs were the Feejee [sic] Mermaid, which was a monkey head grafted onto a fish; Joice Heth, supposedly George Washington’s 116-year-old nurse, who lived to be no more than eighty; and the dwarf called General Tom Thumb who was made to look older and smaller than he was and was never in an army. 75 Barnum was the first showman to understand that entertainment is a commodity that can be packaged and sold to a mass audience.
Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine show by Ann Anderson