History of medicine manufacturer J.C. Ayer & Co. (1841-1943) of Lowell, Massachusetts. The book follows the company's relationship to period medical practices and concepts of patent medicine. The authors document the nature and variety of the company' products through its long history including 75 product images. It follows James & Frederick Ayer as they sold their products to international markets. By the 1870's serving all continents except Antarctica. The authors provide over 750 color images documenting the company's history including its advertising with over 130 trade cards, 140 signs, 110 handbills & pamphlets, and 50 magazine ads. The history also details the company's relationship and compliance with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. The end of the company came when their reliance on herbal medicines was overtaken by science and newer synthetic medicines. The book contains hundreds of reference notes documenting the sources of information used in the book as well as an extensive table of contents and index. The book was also professionally edited, formatted, indexed and printed in the U.S.A.
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