Truth Is Mighty and Will Prevail. The Dr. Dennis System Renovator and Blood Purifying Syrup. [Cover title].
[Patent Medicine / Quackery]. [Dennis M. D. (Mulford D.)].

Truth Is Mighty and Will Prevail. The Dr. Dennis System Renovator and Blood Purifying Syrup. [Cover title].

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[New York]: [M. D. Dennis], Circa 1882. 5-5/8" x 4-1/2". Unpaginated, but 16 pp. Buff saddle-stitched self-wrappers printed in black, engraved illustration to front wrapper. Faint stain to front wrapper, creasing and short tear to edge of rear wrapper, light wear. Good+.

Promotional pamphlet for a supposed cure-all for all blood-related diseases -- and, according to this booklet, "[n]o matter by what name the complaint may be designated, whether it be Consumption, Scrofula, Syphilis, Ulcers, Tumors, Boils, Salt Rheum, Erysipelas, diseases of the Lungs, Kidneys, Bladder, Womb, Liver, Stomach, Bowels, or Skin, either constitutional or chronic, the virus of the disease is in the blood" (p 3).

Although the author makes the bold claim that the syrup "is not a 'patent medicine' ... [t]here is no quackery or humbug about it, as every word written in these pages is the 'TRUTH,' and can be substantiated by facts," it is, of course, a patent medicine, and the doctor was listed as a dealer in such in New York City directories from 1871 - 1912; he also "had at least eleven different addresses" in that period and his name "does not appear in the medical directories of Butler (1874, 1877) or Polk (1886 et al.), nor is he listed in The Medical Directory of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut" (Atwater).

Of some note is the agent's stamped name on the back of the pamphlet: Etta C. Ford, of Danbury, N. H., at the time a young single woman still living at home with her family and siblings.

Atwater S-326.2.

Scarce. OCLC locates just three holdings.


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