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New database: Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

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15/01/2016

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We are pleased to announce access to the online database Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 in the Library. This fascinating collection uses a variety of different sources from trade cards to advertising ephemera to explore material aimed at the public rather than the medical professional.

Homepage of database

The material covers themes including:

  • botanic medicine
  • the health of women and children
  • homeopathy
  • phrenology
  • electrotherapy
  • hydrotherapy
  • sexual health
  • production and trade.

The intention was to encourage the ‘ordinary man’ to help himself, and his family, using a vast array of different self-help methods and fashionable techniques.

The collection is full of lavishly illustrated material that is great to delve into. You can explore these through the image gallery or the online exhibitions on the website. There are even essays and a chronology to help illuminate the contents of the collection.

The database is accessible on computers within the Library. Please let us know if you have any comments on Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900Especially if you’ve used the content for something interesting we’d love to hear about it.

Melanie Grant

Melanie Grant

Melanie Grant is the Acquisition Services Manager for the Wellcome Library. Melanie and the Acquisitions Team support the work of the Library by enhancing its collections and promoting its resources. Melanie studied History of Modern Art before becoming a librarian as a means to work with important and inspiring artefacts.

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