Dr. Pierce's Alterative Extract or Golden Medical Discovery


The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:

For the cure of all severe, chronic or lingering coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis, weak lungs, bleeding from lungs, public speaker's sore throat, hoarseness and suppression or loss of voice. A remedy for torpor of liver (generally termed "liver complaint" or "biliousness") and for habitual constipation of the bowels. For loss of appetite, indigestion and dyspepsia, and for general nervous disability or prostration, in either sex. An alterative, or blood purifier; valuable in all forms of scrofulous and other blood diseases. For skin diseases, eruptions, pimples, rashes and blotches, boils, ulcers, sores, and swellings, arising from impure blood.

Date Made: ca 1890-1906ca 1898ca 1900

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Buffalo

Subject: Respiratory & Asthma DrugsBlood & Liver DrugsIndigestion & Nausea DrugsLaxativesNerve & Brain DrugsSkin & Dermatology DrugsCatarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-10766 [dup11]Catalog Number: M-10766Accession Number: 256193

Object Name: otc preparationOther Terms: Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid

Physical Description: pure water (drug active ingredients)borate of soda (drug active ingredients)golden seal root (drug active ingredients)queen's root (drug active ingredients)stone root (drug active ingredients)black cherrybark (drug active ingredients)bloodroot (drug active ingredients)mandrake root (drug active ingredients)glycerine (drug active ingredients)Measurements: box: 9 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 22.86 cm x 8.5725 cm x 5.3975 cmbottle: 8 3/8 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 21.2725 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-3008-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_715454

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