Dr. J. Walker's Vinegar Bitters

Dr. J. Walker's Vinegar Bitters

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Dyspepsia, indigestion, rheumatism, diarrhea, consumption, catarrh, bronchitis, neuralgia, headache, boils, ulcers, sore eyes, dropsy, scald head, paralysis, erysipelas, scrofula, tetter, skin diseases, bilious, remittant and intermittant fevers, pains in the back, shoulders, heart and chest, liver and kidney troubles, stomach ache, jaundice, gout and fits, dizziness, colds and coughs, croup, palpitation of the heart, lead colic, nausea, biliousness, constipation, piles, worms
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Date made
R. H. McDonald Drug Company
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
overall: 8 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in; 21.59 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
Diarrhea Drugs
Fever & Chill Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Blood & Liver Drugs
Kidney & Urinary Drugs
Vermifuges & Parasiticides
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Perhaps I can shed a bit of light on "Dr." Joseph Hanson Walker. I also just finished reading "Address" which prompted me to find this site. Joseph Walker, known in my family, as OId Uncle Joe was a brother to my direct ancestor. He was born in Natick, Mass. in 1804. He came from a family with few assets. As a child he had consumption and was very ill. An elderly Native American women who lived nearby told him about what roots and herbs could be made into a medicine that would help him, He was cured and continued to make the "bitters" and to sell the tonic, and the rest, as they say, is history. He returned to Natick later in life and died there at the age of 77. He was not a doctor.
I also just read the book and that's what I thought but this description doesn't really say it could cause her to act like that. By the way loved the book!! The Address
Does anyone know if continued, extended use of this product (vinegar bitters) would cause disorientation, confusion? I'm reading a fiction book that seems to indicate so. Can't find answer online.
I was wondering the same thing! I'm reading The Address by Fiona Davis. Currently on Ch. 16 & trying to get the scoop on this Dr. Walker's Vinegar Bitters stuff!
Reading the same book. It had 5% alcohol so maybe she was really drunk.

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