Unique Digital Resource for The Study of The Social and Cultural History of Medicine in America
05 August 2015
In collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Adam Matthew has today published Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900.
This new addition to Adam Matthewâ€™s growing portfolio of digital primary source collections for social history exposes the wealth of printed and visual materials that were produced to educate consumers on health issues and to sell medicines used to treat common ailments of the era.
The history of marketing and advertising and the rise of â€˜over the counterâ€™ healthcare during the nineteenth century is apparent throughout this highly visual collection, which includes material relating to homeopathic remedies, botanical cures, beauty and dentistry.
Fashionable studies and treatments, such as Phrenology, Electrotherapy, Hydrotherapy, and â€˜Thomsonian Medicineâ€™ are well covered, as are self-help guides focusing on common topics of interest such as sexual health, childbirth, and childcare.
Primary source materials include:
- Printed books and pamphlets
- â€˜Trade cardsâ€™, posters and broadside advertisements
- Business papers from prominent nineteenth century manufacturers Ayers, Hoods and Seabury & Johnson
- Comical illustrations satirising the â€˜quackâ€™ doctor
- Admission cards â€“ tickets and other literature from medical lectures
- Street and anatomy guides â€“ factual pocket books
These full colour, fully text-searchable unique primary sources are supplemented by interactive tools and a range of secondary features to allow more in-depth research, including an image gallery, online exhibitions and topical academic essays.