Doan's Pills

Doan's Pills

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: A mild diuretic to the kidneys
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1940
Foster-Milburn Company
Place Made
United States: New York, Buffalo
Physical Description
theobromine-sodio-salicylate (drug active ingredients)
ext. uva-ursi (drug active ingredients)
ext. buchu (drug active ingredients)
vitamin a (drug active ingredients)
overall: 6.4 cm x 2.6 cm; 2 1/2 in x 1 in
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 in; 6.35 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Kidney & Urinary Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I’ve actually found this exact bottle at my work. Pretty cool to find some neat historic items in my line of work. Doan’s Pills. A stimulant diuretic to the kidneys.
Does anybody else remember them as “Doans little liver pills”?
I am a writer currently transcribing my old handwritten notes taken from archival newspapers, The Kenyon Leader. Kenyon MN. Here is an ad that appeared in 1921. "If women only knew what a heap of happiness it would bring to Kenyon homes. It's hard to do housework with an aching back. It brings you hours of misery. If women only knew that backache pains often come from weak kidneys. Ask your neighbor, " I was all worn out, sharp pains shot down to my limbs & made me nervous. Misery everyday. I was languid & several hours after taking Doan's Pills, I got up. More than pleased with 2 boxes that cured me over a year."

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