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Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show

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Long before television and radio commercials beckoned to potential buyers, the medicine show provided free entertainment and promised cures for everything from corns to cancer. Combining elements of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and good old-fashioned entrepreneurship, the showmen of the American medicine show sold tonics, ointments, pills, extracts and a host of other ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 10th 2004 by McFarland Publishing Company (first published July 2000)
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Hilary
Feb 13, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
Four out of five stars.

This book was extremely informative and extensively researched. Almost every chapter included testimony from the autobiographies of medicine show pitchmen, con artists, and others around at the time. The primary sources were fascinating, and the advertisements for the various quack medicine were such high quality that you could read the fine print. Very helpful.

My only regret was that the book wasn't longer. I was really enjoying reading the research and learning about thi
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Mike
Feb 03, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Very readable. I quite enjoyed this look at the Medicine show and how it evolved and changed. And how the format has affected modern entertainment mediums such as Television and Radio - free entertainment(laden with medical pitches) sandwhiched by advertisements. A pity the book is so short, but at the moment I can't conjure any topics I would like further information on. I think I might like a closer look at some of the figures mentioned within.
Warren
Jun 02, 2009 Warren marked it as to-read
why is it so goddamned hard to find the "page i'm currently on" option?
i merely wish to note that i was on page 27 of this book, but had to return it to the library. i am not ready to write a review.
Mary Robinette Kowal
This was a very useful book and I need to purchase a copy to have on hand while writing. Clear detail with lots of quotes from first hand accounts.
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