Offered to physicians in the 1950s, this wonderful phrenology head was made by noted sculptor Edward Marshall Boehm for the Schering Pharmaceutical Company. It was used to advertise their new drug, Etrafon.
Etrafon is an antipsychotic drug of intermediate potency used in the treatment of disorganized and psychotic thinking. It is occasionally used to treat false perceptions, hallucinations and delusions.
The infamous phrenology diagnosis head that L.N. Fowler made famous in the 1800s was used to advertise this new drug.
Measuring 5" high x 2.5" wide x 2.75" deep (a smaller sculpture), this porcelain bust is stamped ETRAFON on the back. It is in excellent condition and without chips, cracks, or other damage.
On the bottom is an impressed signature by Boehm. It was marked over in blue crayon by its former owner for better viewing (but can easily be removed, if desired).
Only a few of these marketing sculptures were produced and given to doctors to help promote the drug. They are very hard to find, especially those in excellent condition.
It will make a haunting addition to any collection of medical memorabilia.
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