A contemporary patent medicine empire: Read selections from Dr.  R.V. Pierce's The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser; or, Medicine Explained,  (1895, Buffalo, New York, from Pierce's own press at his World's Dispensary Medical Association: "Spermatorrhea' (loss of semen without copulation, which usually means masturbation), portrait of Pierce, and his hospital.
See also Cardui patent medicine booklet covers, testimonials, examination sheet
See Dr. Grace Feder Thompson's letter appealing for patients, Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, and Orange Blossom medicine, Dr. E. C. Abbey's The Sexual System and Its Derangements, which emphasises masturbation, as does Dr. Pierce, and several small boxes of old American patent medicine for women.
See the Wix tampon, instructions, patent, The Fascinating Story of Wix (and another version) and store instruction sheet. And read an ad in the Sears catalog for Wix and see a Wix tampon store display ad.
Early commercial tampons
Ads for the Kotex stick tampon (U.S.A., 1970s) - a Japanese stick tampon from the 1970s.
Early commercial tampons - Rely tampon - Meds tampon (Modess)
And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special for you! - the American fax tampon, from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
See a Modess True or False? ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.


S. B. Hartman, M.D.  Lectures on Chronic Catarrh, (ca. 1895)
Booklet (selections), Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Catarrh as the cause of many diseases
The cure: patent medicines Pe-ru-na (Peruna), Man-a-lin (Manalin), La-cu-pi-a (Lacupia)

Main page.
SarahAnne Hazlewood generously donated the booklet to this museum.

Below: P. 88. Systemic Catarrh or Nervousness. Nervous Prostration.
Below: The hat needs to be weeded. Wait! Those black puffs on the right
might be her hair! No wonder her mucous membranes are inflamed!
But maybe she already had had too much Pe-ru-na when she planted that garden.

Cover | contents | preface | introduction | [pp. 2-64 skipped] | 65 female catarrh | 66 female debility | 67 catarrh; vulvitis; catching cold | 68 The working woman; the society woman | 69 pruritis vulvae | 70 catarrh of bladder | 71 [illustration only] "Health and Beauty are Inseparable" | 72 vaginitis; leucorrhea (whites) | 73 bearing-down pains | 74 heavy skirts; a typical case of vaginal leucorrhea | 75 endometritis | 76 pe-ru-na is harmless | 77 catarrhal amenorrhea | 78 menorrhagia; metorrhagia | 79 dysmenorrhea | 80 [illustration only] "Perfect Health Brings Beauty" | 81 salpingitis | 82 barrenness | 83 change of life [menopause] | 84 catarrhal congestion | 85 no narcotics; constipation; your diet | 86 an interesting case continued | 87 the nerves and catarrh; hysteria | 88 nervous prostration | 89 a merchant's wife; a farmer's wife | 90 [illustration only] "The Only Road to Beauty is Health" | 91 catarrh continued | 92 clean skin; massage baths | 93 facial blemishes; mask for face and hands | 94 heredity | 95 false modesty | 96 health and beauty | 97 epidemic catarrh or la grippe [influenza, flu] 98 gentle laxative; after effects of la grippe

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