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c1891 Quack Medicine Dr. Chase's Medical Book Abortion Fertility Toilet Health Cures Pharmacy Phrenology Household Cook book Animal Husbandry Home Care
This book is just utterly amazing--entitled "Dr. Chase's Third, Last, and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician or Practical Knowledge for the People"--865 pages of medical and practical quackery, with topics such as abortion, fertility, baking, hair care, hair potions, hair curling liquids, the menses--and oodles more on care of the household and animal husbandry (like how to stop sows from eating their piglets!)
It is dated 1891, when many folks would rely upon such a book on how to conduct themselves ("deportment"), and how to concoct endless potions for healing and toiletry--these they labeled as "receipts".
Here's a sample of what's inside:
The book opens to a nice photo of Dr. Chase, followed by a phrenology head illustration, which was all the rage with the Victorians. Imagine being able to discern the personality of someone by the shape of the head and facial features. Woe be it to an individual who had a sloping forehead (stupidness), or a big head, as all these "deformities" had telltale signs of the person's personality traits.
Medical Department, Symptoms of Diseases: Abortion or miscarriage, ague, apoplexy, asthma, atrophy, barber's itch, bladder inflammation, dysentery, inflamation of the bowels, concussion, bronchitus, cancer, carbuncle, catarrh, chicken pox, chilblains, chills and fever, chloroform, cholera, colic, constipation, consumption, convulsive fits, croup, delirium, diabetes, diarrhea, diptheria, dropsy, indigestion (dyspepsia), eczema (humid tetter), epilepsy, gallstones, gangrene, goitre, gonorrhea, gout, gravel stones, hay fever, headache, heartburn, heart disease, hemorrage, hernia, hydrophobia, impotency, hysteria (for females only!), jaundice, inflammation of the kidneys, liver inflammation, lung inflammation, measles, mumps, neuralgia, painter's colic, palsy, piles, pleurisy, poisoning, quinsy, rheumatism, rickets, ringworm, rupture, scarlet fever, scrofula, smallpox, stomach inflammation, sunstroke, syphilis, thrush, tonsilitis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers and fever sores, varicose veins, waterbrash, whooping cough, worms, yellow fever. Then follows a section on how to cure, or "medical recipes" for all of the diseases above--some sections are quite comprehensive and also quirky and unbelievable!
Another section goes into great detail on "Miscellaneous Receipts for Female Complaints in General", such as: stomach bitters, remedy for sore nipples when nursing and how to avoid them, how to suppress milk when nursing, genital itch, how to dry up milk, and how to take care of the young baby. There is a section on "Midwifery/Nursing that details all the stages of pregnancy (confinement) and how to manage it.
A separate section is devoted to "Management of the Newly Born Child: Washing and dressing, feeding and feeding bottles, Aperients, Sleep, Warmth and Fresh Air, Separation of Navel String, Swelling of the Breasts in the Newly Born, and Thrush.
Of course, this book would be incomplete without adding "Management of the Mother after Labor" which entails: Treatment during the first few hours, The Lochia, Necessity of the Level Posture, Care when first sitting up, Chang of Room, Going out of doors, changing the linen, The Binder, Washing, Avoidance of excitement, Occupation, Diet, The Bowels, Flooding, Rigors, Suckling, Sore Nipples, Abscess of Breast, Dispersion of milk in the event of not suckling.
People who lived in remote locations depended heavily upon a book like this one, and it also offers information on "Food for the Sick": The sickroom, its location, a good nurse, fresh air, light, warmth cleanliness, quiet, food/drink/delicacies, and the faithful administration of medicines.
Households were often many miles away from town, and neighbors quite a long journey off, so men and women used this book as their guide in many daily deportments of life--The General Department includes: Culinary and Cooking, Household Memoranda, Toilet Department, Dairy Department, Domestic Animal Care, Agriculture, Mechanical, Beekeeping, and an extensive guide to Medical Terminology.
Some of the old cookbook recipes (or receipts as they were called) are really a treasure and an insight into how resourceful people could be: Hunter's Pudding (will keep for months), Sponge Cake Pudding, Suet Pudding, Stale Bread Pudding, Honey Pudding, pastry crusts, Pea piecrust, lemon and raisin pie, lemon pie, squash pie, sweet potatoe pie, fruit pies, rabbit pie, oyster pie, lard and dripping use, how to know when a cake is done, how to keep cakes, how to color icings, watermelon cake, French chocolate jelly cake (ooh la la!), ladyfingers, ginger snaps, gingerbread, potatoe puffs, Parkerhouse breakfast rolls, corn cake with soda, Kentucky corn dodgers, crullers, rice waffles, fritters, griddle cakes.
And what would this book be without a section on "Meats": Pickling ham and beef, curing without pickling, how to have fresh meat in hot weather, how to make sausage--all things on how to keep meat back in the 1890's! Soups were a staple of the Victorian diet, and this book includes many versions of them: bean, chicken, tomato, noodle, green pea, asparagus, mock-turtle or terrapin soup, carrot, oatmeal, gruel, onion.
Wow and wow again I'd say, and bravo for their inventions--they parlayed sauces and frying into a virtual science, nothing went to waste--as evidenced by how to plan a week's fare, using all that was onhand to delight those at the dinner table--some citations are: pork chops with apples, head cheese and eggs, Irish stew, ducks with potato stuffing, chicken and peas, roasted pigeons and bread sauce.
Now for the quirky and amazing section on "Miscellaneous Recipes", that is: washing fluids for linens/flannels/etc., washing ribbons, washing blankets, borax as a tooth powder, how to make soft soap for house cleaning, how to remove paint and oil from silks, how to remove fruit stains, how to clean kid gloves, how to recolor ladies' kid boots, how to remove paint spots on windows, how to clean furs, how to remove finger prints on doors, hints for the laundry (on how to fix colors, how to wash brown linens, washing fine underwear, how to avoid shrinkage/fading--then onto how to wash carpets without taking them up (I'd like to see this one...!), washing veils/laces, how to soften water, remedies for bee stings, how to remove mildew from clothing, how to dry plants and retain their colors, how to ripen tomatoes in December, how to cure cracked hands, chimney building, moth prevention in carpets, the onion's medicinal effects against worms in children, egg preservation, management of dogs, flea prevention.
There is also information on mortgages, feather bed ticking, rat proofing a corn crib, breakfast for two cents, fruit tree borers, forcing plants and their care, how to make a cistern, the ice house building, how to fireproof shingles, canning, rats/roaches/mosquitoes, how to make ink, dye colors for fabrics--on and on, what a hoot, even a handwritten "Syrup of Figs" prescription and another for Elkeberry's Linament.
The section on "The Toilet" is really quite curious, with many recipes for how to make tonics for the hair, shampoos, hair oils, cologne, hair curling liquid, cosmetics for the face, bleaching hair, depilatories, wash for ladies' hands, and removal of dandruff--I do say, many of these remedies probably caused more mischief than relief!
"Recipes for the Dairy" continue on with: butter making, from gilt edged butter to churning, with excerpts on coloring butter, and how to keep butter firm and solid in hot weather.
"Cheese" entails how to make it and what costs are to be "fit up" in doing so. "Domestic Animals" covers animal husbandry, with dispositions of many animals, and information such as: How long a horse ought to work, How to judge the age of a horse, linements/salves, warts/worms, food for horses, cattle raising/diseases/cures, sheep management, a section on pigs that includes the original "Mrs. Piggy", poultry management.
The "Agricultural" section has the info on beekeeping, an extensive chapter, that leads me to believe almost every home had their own bee colony. The back has a Glossary of Medical Terms used in the book, which is quite helpful as many of the terms we use today are very different, for instance, if you came to the doctor and said you experienced something "tertian", it meant that you experienced an occurrence every other day.
Whew!--oodles and oodles of information in this extensive volume of 865 pages!--6.25" wide x 8.5" tall x 2.5" deep, thick and comprehensive--although it is hard to see, the burgundy/brown hued front cover actually has an embossed black ink design, as does the spine. The cover boards have the usual corner bumping for a well used book such as this gem . Spine is in good shape with just a hint of a split at the edge fold, about 1", still intact, holding well. Front flyleaf page is missing. The pages have a nice patina and are very clean, just a few that might have been folded back at the corner for reference over the years, and a some handling on a few more pages. Text block is firm, a little play to the back as this is a thick volume. The content is wonderful in this relic, and of course, more photos are always available upon request. We are a purveyor of fine old antique books, and do welcome all layaways, which can help one acquire fine books over time, so have a peek in our shop for more books, where you can often combine purchases to save postage. We now accept all online bank cards via Amazon Payments, which is much like Paypal, and we do take checks and money orders.
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