Gude's Pepto-Mangan

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: To provide a direct supply of minerals; to help build hemoglobin in the blood and stimulate the appetite so that more iron is absorbed from food
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1930
M. J. Breitenbach Company
Physical Description
glass bottle (overall packaging material)
alcohol 16% (drug active ingredients)
peptonates of iron (drug active ingredients)
manganese (drug active ingredients)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 18.415 cm x 6.985 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Blood & Liver Drugs
Tonics, Minerals & Vitamins
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
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Visitor Comments

11/19/2012 2:44:02 PM
Barry Shapiro
My mother used to take this in pill form. She swore by it, said it changed her energy completely for the good.
7/19/2013 10:22:54 AM
nancy c ness
My gramma lined us up in the 50's to take this especially in the winter it was terrible tasting but she was a believer in it.
8/16/2016 7:05:59 PM
Joan Faulkner
I have a "Physicians Memorandum" promotional book from 1903. It was given out by Gude's Pepto-Mangan compliments of MJ Breitenbach Co in New York. It has testimonials from doctors on each page. It belonged to my great uncle. From reading the testimonials this is a miracle drug!
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