Dr. Pierce's Alterative Extract or Golden Medical Discovery

Dr. Pierce's Alterative Extract or Golden Medical Discovery

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
Date made
ca 1890-1906
ca 1898
ca 1900
Place Made
United States: New York, Buffalo
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)
box: 9 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 22.86 cm x 8.5725 cm x 5.3975 cm
bottle: 8 3/8 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 21.2725 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
MG.M-10766 [dup11]
catalog number
accession number
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs
Blood & Liver Drugs
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Nerve & Brain Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Just found one of these bottles while digging a new foundation around my 1910 barn
I found this at my grandmothers house. Bottle appears to still be sealed and I still have about 1/2 of the box it came in. Really neat find.
Hey! We're driving on the 101 in California and just drive past a cool sign that reads, "Dr. Pierce's Medical Discovery." Same folks? Pretty cool.
I have had this bottle for 20-30 years. The label is about 95 % complete and in fair condition..Its very cool, as I love early American History.
I just found an empty bottle of this while working under my house in Colorado Springs. Pretty cool. It's a clear glass bottle and probably one liter.

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