The Debut of Dr. Edwards (working title)

Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound

“I don’t need those pills,” Nina grunted. “Mrs. Lydia Pinkham’s Remedy works wonders for me. I sleep as sound as this here babe.”

I’m sure it does, Eliza snorted to herself. Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound included twenty percent alcohol content, not any magical curative powers. Unless one considers the power of suggestion. Eliza recalled the advertisement in Ladies’ Home Journal which proclaimed it restored the health of over 500,000 women who suffered from the worst forms of female complaints and touted it eased change of life symptoms, and that “wise women insist on Mrs. Pinkham’s.”

Nina Silvestri’s old-fashioned wisdom may never yield to more modern ways. Convincing her a drug compounded by dissecting and pulverizing cow ovaries could stem menopausal symptoms sounded as foreign as warming a bed with an electrified blanket instead of using a hot water bottle, or a man’s body.

Anandibai Gopal Joshi – Application Letter

“[The] determination which has brought me to your country against the combined opposition of my friends and caste ought to go a long way towards helping me to carry out the purpose for which I came, i.e. is to render to my poor suffering countrywomen the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of and which they would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician. The voice of humanity is with me and I must not fail. My soul is moved to help the many who cannot help themselves.” Anandibai Gopal Joshi, Graduate of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania

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