Item #17289 My Mama Wants to Tell You Something. Women's health.
My Mama Wants to Tell You Something.

My Mama Wants to Tell You Something.

Buffalo, New York: Dr. J.H. Dye Medical Institute, [ca. 1900]. First edition. The present work advertises the Mitchella Compound, an herbal remedy produced by patent medicine manufacturer J.H. Dye, that was purported to ease pain during pregnancy. Customer testimonials were essential to the sales of patent medicine—without the support of respected doctors, scientific research, and the FDA, patent medicine distributors relied on these testimonials (which were often fabricated by the distributors anyway). With several vignettes of women and children. Some foxing and toning to wrappers. A very good copy of a scarce advertising booklet full of women’s testimonies on the efficacy of a patent medicine. Original pictorial self-wrappers printed in green and with a vignette of a woman and her two children. 4 in. x 6 in. 64 pp. Item #17289

In a 1911 American Medical Association publication, Nostrums and Quackery, the AMA condemns the business of “Dr. Dye”: “Dye is one of the tribe that makes capital out of the fears of the expectant mother. After drawing lurid pictures of the ‘untold pains’ to which the young mother may be a martyr, relief is promised if the sufferer will but use Dye’s ‘Mitchella Compound.’ The value of ‘Dr.’ Dye’s nostrum is testified by a hypothetical Mrs. Dare, who relates how after losing her first child she had a vision. A ‘white-robed angel’ appeared, who delivered a flowery speech, concluding with the following peroration: ‘Go, sister, and seek freedom and peace in the use of Mitchella Compound,’” (pp. 236-237).

OCLC records four copies: University of Rochester, Bowling Green State in Ohio, the Ohio Historical Connection, and Harvard.

Price: $250.00

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