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- Patent medicines -- United States 3
- Quacks and quackery 3
- AIDS (Disease) 2
- Advertising -- Health products -- United States 2
- Advertising cards 2
- Cancer -- Treatment 2
- Dentists 2
- Medicine, Popular 2
- Pharmacists 2
- Trade cards 2
- Adventure stories 1
- Advertisements -- American 1
- Advertisements -- British 1
- Advertisements -- Medicine 1
- Advertisements -- Medicines, Patent, proprietary, etc. 1
- Advertising -- Medicine 1
- Agricultural and family almanac 1
- Albums 1
- Almanac and guide to health 1
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Cancer "cures" collection
Call Number: Pam Coll 10
Overview: Collection consists of pamphlets and books by individuals, private cancer hospitals, and other organizations promoting non-surgical cures for cancer. The American Medical Association claimed that any such cures were fakes. The promoters in turn criticized the AMA as the "medical trust." Most of the pamphlets contain patient testimonials. Approximate dates for items are based on the date of the most recent testimonials.
Comic book collection on medical themes
Call Number: Pam Coll 7
Overview: The main body of this collection consists of issues of comic books from the 1940s containing "true" stories of medical heroism and biomedical progress. There are a smaller number of later comics containing history of medicine stories; comics with a public health message; comics advertising a "health" product, and some reference sources on comic books.
William Helfand collection of medical ephemera
Call Number: Pam Coll 8
Overview: The collection contains printed ephemera related to medicine and pharmacy either arranged in albums by William Helfand or donated in loose form. These include trade cards (some on marijuana and street drugs), postcards, advertisements in various formats for patent medicines and devices, advertisements for cancer cures, playing cards, cards of famous scientists and physicians, stock certificates for pharmaceutical companies, photographs of old pharmacies, pharmacy prescription envelopes,...
Medical trade card collection
Call Number: Pam Coll 6
Overview: This collection contains about a thousand chromolithograph advertising trade cards related to health, nutrition, and remedies, published from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. The majority of the trade cards were produced by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, Antwerp, Brussels, founded in 1865. Other trade cards in the collection were distributed mostly by American patent medicine manufacturers.
Dates: ca. 1872-1958, bulk 1885-1910
Patent medicine almanacs
Call Number: Pam Coll 3
Overview: The collection contains almanacs issued annually by American and a few Canadian companies to promote the sale of their proprietary remedies. Of special note is a complete collection of Hostetter's Almanac from 1867 through 1910.
Sheet music collection on medical themes
Call Number: Pam Coll 5
Overview: Sheet music on medical themes including songs and piano compositions about medical providers, ailments, remedies, health for children, and advertisements for medical products. Much of the music was performed in music halls or as part of musicals, or later, performed on radio, television, and on records.
Dates: ca. 1762-1989, bulk 1890-1940