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English Female Bitters

English Female Bitters

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Recommended in non-surgical cases for those weaknesses and disorders which have heretofore been known as female complaints. After 40 years this medicine is considered by us an excellent rememdy for female complaints. For Maid or Matron, it is specially recommended for young girls just entering womanhood, and for those at the "turn of life."
Dose: 1 tablespoonful 3 times a day, taken in water or water and sugar
The label on the side of the box reads: "For Maid and Matron: This is not a sweetened Stomach Bitters, recommended for any and everything that the flesh is heir to, but it is a Prescription formulated expressly for the relief of disease for which it is recommended."
Object Name
otc preparation
date made
after 1906
J. P. Dromgoole Company
place made
United States: Kentucky, Louisville
Physical Description
alcohol, 18.5% (drug active ingredients)
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
cork (container material)
box: 8 5/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 in; 21.9075 cm x 7.9375 cm x 5.08 cm
bottle: 8 3/8 in x 3 in x 1 15/16 in; 21.2725 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.92125 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Food and Drug Administration
Women's Health Products
Women's Health
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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