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Join VCU Libraries Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences as we host ‘Doc’ Al Schalow (VCU School of Pharmacy ‘61) and his traveling Medicine Wagon Show. Travel back in time with the medicine showman as he uses humor, magic, and storytelling to recount the cure-alls and patent medicines that were prevelantly sold across the United States in the 19th Century. During this event the audience is guided through the historical evolution of government controls on medicine and brought up to date with current fads and trends. This event will feature information on the history of patient cures that included alcohol, opium, cocaine and other indoxicing medicinals. ‘Doc’ Schalow will also present a number of authentic bottles used to peddle these cures. Learn more about the history of patent medicines through supporting materials from our library medical artifacts collection and the the National Library of Medicine’s Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions banner exhibit on display at the library through April 14. Bring your questions and share your experience or memories about patent medicines with the Medicine Man on March 28. Al Schalow earned his BS in pharmacy from the VCU School of Pharmacy in 1961.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
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Emily Hurst

Head, Research and Education

Assistant Professor
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Research and Education

(804) 828-0626
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 142