Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-57098-454-9 • Paperback • January 2013 • $19.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-4616-2574-2 • eBook • May 2004 • $9.99 • (£7.99)
Subjects: History / United States / 19th Century
, History / United States / General
, History / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
A pharmacist by trade and author by design, Wayne Bethard is the truest of drugstore cowboys. For three years he served as contributing editor for The Texas Outdoors Journal and authored his own monthly section titled “At Full Draw.” He lives in Longview, Texas.
Foreword by Henry Chappell
Chapter 1: Frontier Dosage Forms
Chapter 2: Treatments: The Good, the Sad, and the Ungodly
Chapter 3: Frontier and Pioneer Drugs: A Folk MateriaMedica
Frontier Medical Dates and Other “Worth of Note” Facts
Old and Near-Forgotten Medical Terms
About the Author
A fun read.
— Pharmacy Practice News
This book is educational and entertaining, thanks to Bethard's light-hearted touch.
— Wild West
Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs: Frontier Medicine in the American West provides a fine guide to frontier medicine and practices and comes from a practicing pharmacist who considers popular medicines of the times. It's of particular interest - and recommendation - to readers of Western history who want a narrowed focus on frontier day medicine. From strange uses of milk and pepper to pill canisters and administration, this succeeds in being a lively, fun read!
— Midwest Book Review
This tongue-in-cheek account of early-day medicines and medical practitioners makes for a fun read but also makes us glad for modern-day medicine. In the old days, the treatment stood a good chance of killing you before the ailment did.
— Elmer Keaton, voted All-Time Best Western Author by the Western Writers of America
Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs should be of value to any writer or researcher of the history of medicine or of the progress of science in the past two to three centuries. Of special use to fiction writers is a timeline of dates associated with major discoveries in the arts and sciences. This book is the American frontier.
— Don Coldsmith, columnist, novelist, lecturer
Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs deserves a prominent place in the library of every historian, historical novelist, and anyone who enjoys a good story.
— Henry Chappell, Author of The Callings and At Home on the Range with a Texas Hunter