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J. W. Eighmy Notebook

Identifier: MS-0468

Scope and Contents

This handwritten notebook was titled "Practical Notes and Formulae. By J. W. Eighmy, M. D." by its author, and dated October 10th, 1875. It is a collection of 77 recipes and formulae for treatments to numerous illnesses. Eighmy wrote these in a blank book of prescription forms from "J. H. Burnham, Druggist and Apothecary, Commercial Block, Sutter Street, Folsom, California."

Formulas are included for a variety of ailments, including: whooping cough, "bites of serpents and tarantulas," gangrene, tapeworm, scrofula, itch, cancer, croup, syphilis, epilepsy, gout, dysentery, gonorrhea, rheumatism, diphtheria, cholera, and granulated eyelids. Some formulas are multi-purpose cures for a variety of health problems, such as the recipe for "Mexican mustang liniment." The entries also give dosage and proper length of treatment. Eighmy seems to have used this book as a sort of commonplace or scrapbook, pasting in newspaper clippings and cuttings towards the end of the book. These cuttings include poetry, informative facts, and popular maxims in addition to recipes for various cures.

One newspaper clipping is an advertisement for the author's patent medicine: “Dr. Eighmy’s Magic Cure for Rattlesnake Bite." The advertisement, titled "A Wonderful Discovery," claims that this cure is "warranted to cure the bite of all venomous reptiles, hydrophobia, and the stings of poisonous insects in 20 minutes. Price $1 per bottle. Traveling agents wanted everywhere, to whom great inducements will be given. Prepared only by Dr. J. W. Eighmy, Brownsdale, Minn."


  • Creation: 1875-1875


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Biographical Note

J. W. Eighmy, M. D., was a physician in California during the 1880s, and had previously practiced in Brownsdale, Minnesota. According to the Medical and Surgical Directory of the United States of 1886, the nearest post office to his practice was that of Antioch, California. This volume identifies Dr. Eighmy as an eclectic physcian, or one specializing in the combination of natural remedies and pharmaceutical medicines. He was certified by the exam board in California.


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