Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

Popular Medicine in America documents the history of ‘popular’ remedies and treatments in nineteenth century America, through primary source materials drawn from the extensive collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The material covers popular trends such as phrenology, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy, and documents the rise of widespread advertising by commercial manufacturers of medical aids. All printed documents are fully text-searchable. 

A variety of secondary features provide further tools for teaching and research:

  • A fully searchable visual gallery of illustrations, advertisements and posters
  • Online exhibitions, showcasing some of the collection’s highlights
  • Carefully selected external links to aid research
  • An interactive chronology charting key dates in the history of popular medicine
  • A glossary of medical terms
  • Topical academic essays from leading scholars