Monday, October 12, 2009

HoS Micropost: The Waldseemüller Map and Copernicus

Toby Lester borrows from his forthcoming book to argue that Copernicus’s exposure to the Waldseemüller map was crucial in his intellectual development toward a heliocentric system.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/12 at 09:44 AM

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dr. Jayne’s Family Medicines: A Philadelphia based Patent Medicine Company

Dr. Jayne’s was one of the first patent medicine companies in the U.S. to issue annual almanacs. By the 1850s the company was one of the most successful patent medicine companies in the U.S. This post looks at Dr. Jayne’s efforts to brand and protect its patent medicines, and then concludes with some brief reflection on the value of studying patent medicines.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/11 at 10:31 PM

Friday, October 09, 2009

Bony business

Introducing Robert Hicks (of the Mütter Museum)’s video podcast, “No Bones About It”.

Posted by on 10/09 at 01:46 PM

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Quack medical cures: J.C. Ayer and the persistence of personal testimony

J.C. Ayer, another patent medicine company, relied on recipe books and personal testimony to sell its cure-all: Sarsaparilla.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/07 at 11:07 AM

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Selling Medicines in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

A short look at the marketing efforts of Dr. Miles Medical Company, a patent medicine company in Elkhart, IN. It is interesting to note the prominent place of astrology in the company’s marketing efforts.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/01 at 10:35 PM
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