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The Travelling Medicine Show: Pitchmen & Plant Healers of Early America

The Travelling Medicine Show: Pitchmen & Plant Healers of Early America

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The Traveling Medicine Show: Pitchmen & Plant Healers of Early America

by Jesse Wolf Hardin

Plant Healer Press

Full color - 104 pages 8x11 - $24

Reasd the truth about the largely wonderful if oft maligned Traveling Medicine Show, the unfortunate shift from plant medicines to harmful pharmaceuticals, and the benefits and joys of resurgent herbalism in this modern age.... in a book as beautiful as it is fascinating, filled with over 500 lovely vintage and contemporary illustrations.

"Step right up, and please loan me your ears," a spiel might begin. "It is I, a doctor to the common people, your maestro of popular music and entertainment, alchemist of wellbeing and conveyor of necessary remedies for a well balanced and fruitful life... asking each of you now: when it comes to health and healing, who could possibly know better than Mother Nature?" The silver tongued speaker might be alone, traveling only with a wide range of herbal products in his painted wagon, or else part of a troupe that not only shilled but entertained. What followed, might be a "scientific" or medical lecture, a magic act, musicians or comedians, providing not only bottled remedies but also a darn good time

Although exceedingly popular from the early 1800s until the 1930s, the Traveling Medicine Shows and other herbal sellers were often unfairly maligned in their times, and today are most likely to be trivialized. Read here the truth about these alternative healthcare providers and their plant medicine allies, from traveling herbalist showmen like Indian John and the Diamond King, to the once best known woman in America, Lydia Pinkham. A large number of such folks were not only medicine sellers but also medicine makers, gathering or growing the potent plants for tinctures, decoctions, and tonics that could effectively treat a large percentage of common illnesses and conditions. Then as now, herbal nostrums provided a reasonable alternative to seeing a costly licensed physician and to the all too frequently dangerous drugs that they prescribed, for a majority of common conditions.

For the lovers of historic Americana, Steampunk sensibilities and wondrous curiosities, this book seeks to provide entertainment worthy of the early Traveling Medicine Shows themselves. And for anyone interested in herbalism, medicinal plants, personal health or the art of healing, it provides inspiration as well as information, feeding what is most certainly a new folk herbal resurgence.

Table of Contents

Forewords by Gene Fowler & Dara Saville

Act I: On The Medicine Trail - Herbs & Entertainment for The Common Folk

Act II: The Medicine Wagon

Act III: Propaganda - The Reality of The Traveling Medicine Show

Act IV: Jacob "Indian John" Derringer

Act V: The Diamond King: J.I. Lighthall

Act VI: John Halleck Center: Folk Herbalist

Act VII: Lydia Pinkham - From Bathtub Herbs to Corporate Makeover

Act VIII: Anything Modern - The Shift Towards Electric Wands & Miracle Drugs

Act IX: Denigration & Legislation

Act X: The Curtain Closes, & Opens Again - Transformation & The Beginnings of a Movement

Author: Jesse Wolf Hardin
Publisher: Shannon Bell
Published: 11/01/2017
Pages: 106
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.58lbs
Size: 11.00h x 8.50w x 0.22d
ISBN: 9780692989562

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