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Snake oil, hustlers and hambones : the American medicine show

Author: Ann Anderson
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Medical practices, commerce, and advertising are explored in relation to the history of the rise and eventural demise of the medicine show in America."--Preface.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anderson, Ann, 1951-
Snake oil, hustlers and hambones.
Jefferson : McFarland & Co., 2000
(OCoLC)606537248
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Anderson
ISBN: 0786408006 9780786408009 0786422289 9780786422289 9781476601120 1476601127
OCLC Number: 43542034
Description: ix, 190 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Origins and influences --
2. Colonial and pioneer medicine set the stage for the patent-medicine industry --
3. Patent medicines: good for what ails you --
4. Museums, circuses, and the wild, wild west --
5. Blackface and slapstick --
6. That old-time religion --
7. Street corners and big tents --
8. Medicine: show life and tricks of the trade --
9. Yahoo, hadacol! --
10. Curtain comes down.
Responsibility: Ann Anderson ; foreword by Heinrich R. Falk.

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This illustrated study of the medicine show phenomenon surveys 19th century popular entertainment and offers an insight into the ways in which show business, advertising, and medicine manufacture  Read more...

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