Elizabeth Armstrong Hall

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The Great American Medicine Show An Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healters, Health Evangelists and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present (c) 1991 by Prentice-Hall Press


A Sampling

Appleseeds, April 2012

Author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog") explains how dogs communicate with people and other dogs.
Appleseeds, November-December 2011

The story of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow through the eyes of her daughter, "Little Rose"
Hemispheresmagazine.com, April 2010

A 95-pound beaver escapes from a beaver sanctuary in Devon, U.K. and eludes his would-be captors

Highlights for Children, September 2009

The making of the "Giant's Head" at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, U.K.

Boston Globe, November 23, 2008

How two Airedales flew from Chicago to London without a hitch

Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2008

By the time I mastered the roundabouts, it was time to return to the U.S.

Prentice-Hall Press, 1991
(c)1991 by Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong and David Armstrong.

An illustrated history of American health reformers and crusaders


Chronicle Books, 1979
(c)1979 by Elizabeth Metzger

Morning munchies in 1970s-era California and eastern Nevada



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The Great American Medicine ShowPrentice-Hall Press, 1991

“What is most appealing about The Great American Medicine Show is its curious and delightful cast of characters. It’s a series of Horatio Alger tales, dynamic personalities from humble and often sickly backgrounds who grew wealthy and famous telling their fellow Americans how to be healthy.”
--San Francisco Chronicle

“This extensively illustrated, whimsically categorized, and wittily written compendium is distinctly oriented toward the bizarre, the ridiculous, the unusual, and the sublime: for every medical hero here, there are a dozen or more goats. As such, it is not a reference of first resort for information about the successes of medical progress, but rather an often funny, occasionally eye-opening, and clever gathering of outright fraud and zealous charlatanism.”
--Library Journal

Patent Medicines were hawked as "cure-alls" for every imaginable ailment. (Courtesy, Smithsonian Institution)