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By Ann Anderson

Lengthy ahead of tv and radio advertisements beckoned to capability dealers, the drugs convey supplied loose leisure and promised remedies for every thing from corns to melanoma. Combining parts of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and reliable out of date entrepreneurship, the showmen of the yankee medication exhibit offered tonics, ointments, capsules, extracts and a bunch of alternative "wonder-cures," absolute to "cure what ails you." whereas the remedies have been seldom extraordinary, the medication express used to be a massive a part of American tradition and of functionality historical past. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton, and P.T. Barnum all took a flip upon the medication convey degree. This examine of the drugs express phenomenon surveys 19th century well known leisure and offers perception into the ways that express company, advertisements, and drugs manufacture constructed in live performance. the colourful international of the drugs convey, with its Wild West indicates, pie-eating contests, clowns, and menageries, is absolutely explored. pictures of performers and of the interesting handbills and posters used to advertise the medication convey are integrated

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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.

Heinrich R. Falk Santa Barbara, CA May 2000 1 Origins and Influences “How much is your health worth, Ladies and Gentlemen? It’s priceless, isn’t it? Well, my friends, one half-dollar is all it takes to put you in the pink. That’s right, Ladies and Gents, for fifty pennies, Nature’s True Remedy will succeed where doctors have failed. Only Nature can heal and I have Nature right here in this little bottle. ” At the turn of the twentieth century, such claptrap was heard on street corners all across America.

46 In the eighteenth century, a quack’s pseudoscientific pitch was considered cultivated entertainment for the En-glish aristocracy. Wealthy malingerers abounded and made a hobby out of visiting both regular doctors and quacks. 47 To the horror of the real doctors, the quacks were not only adept at acquiring customers but also actually effected cures in many cases. This may have been due to the power of suggestion, also known as the placebo effect. Or possibly, from time to time, they just got lucky.

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