Get Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine PDF

By Ann Anderson

ISBN-10: 0786408006

ISBN-13: 9780786408009

ISBN-10: 0786422289

ISBN-13: 9780786422289

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 Combining parts of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and solid outdated entrepreneurship, the showmen of the yank drugs express bought tonics, ointments, capsules, extracts and a bunch of different "wonder-cures," bound to "cure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

Show description

Read or Download Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine show PDF

Best special topics books

Get Poucher's Perfumes, Cosmetics and Soaps PDF

Poucher's Perfumes Cosmetics and Soaps has been in print considering the fact that 1923 and is the vintage reference paintings within the box of cosmetics. Now in a completely up to date tenth variation, this new quantity presents an organization simple wisdom within the technological know-how of cosmetics (including toiletries) in addition to incorporating the newest traits in clinical functions and laws that have happened because the ninth variation.

Paul Wanke's Russian Soviet Military Psychiatry 1904-1945 (Cass Series on PDF

Psychiatry, like fields in Russia, received its legitimacy from its skill to serve the Tsar and later the Bolshevik celebration. The militarised nature of those governments intended that psychiatry must turn out its worthy to the army. This research will hide Russian/Soviet army psychiatry from its first sensible event in the course of the Russo-Japanese conflict to its maximum try out throughout the nice Patriotic battle 1941-45.

Download e-book for kindle: Nutrition and Oral Medicine by Riva Touger-Decker, Connie Mobley, Joel B. Epstein

This moment version addresses the advanced, multifaceted relationships among meals and oral health and wellbeing, explores proposed relationships among oral, systemic and dietary future health and gives insights into interprofessional, complete take care of participants. Chapters specialise in vitamin, foodstuff and oral wellbeing and fitness promoting and affliction prevention around the lifespan, oral and dental illnesses and issues, oral manifestations of systemic ailments, and discussions of the synergy among oral tissues and food.

Download e-book for kindle: Wear of orthopaedic implants and artificial joints by Saverio Affatato

Even if hip, knee and different orthopaedic implants are well-established prostheses, a lot continues to be understood approximately how those implants put on in use. this significant ebook summarises the wealth of contemporary learn during this quarter and its implications for implant and joint layout. After an introductory evaluate, the publication studies the reasons and prevention of implant put on.

Additional resources for Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine show

Sample text

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.

Download PDF sample

Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine show by Ann Anderson

by Brian

Rated 4.93 of 5 – based on 10 votes