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A medicine show is a traveling horse and buggy team, most common in 19th century United States, which peddles miracle medications and other products between various entertainment acts. The most common product associated with medicine shows is an elixir which is touted to cure diseases, smooth facial wrinkles, remove stains in clothing, prolong life, or solve any number of common ailments (also known as snake oil). Entertainment often includes a freak show, a flea circus, musical acts, magic tricks, jokes, and storytelling. Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment. ... Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment. ... Liniment, from the Latin linere, to anoint, is a medicinal preparation meant for external use, but one that is thinner in consistency than an ointment. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up elixir in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment. ... A freak show is an exhibition of rarities, freaks of nature — such as unusually tall or short humans, and people with both male and female secondary sexual characteristics — and performances that are expected to be shocking to the viewers. ... A flea circus refers to a circus sideshow attraction in which fleas were attached to miniature carts and other items, and encouraged to perform circus acts within a small housing. ... A musical ensemble is a group of three or more musicians who gather to perform music. ... Magic, including the arts of prestidigitation and conjuring, is the art of entertaining an audience by performing illusions that baffle and amaze, often by giving the impression that something impossible has been achieved, almost as if the performer had magic or supernatural powers. ... A joke is a short story or short series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of being laughed at or found humorous by the listener or reader. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...

Several modern musical acts have named themselves after this old time phenomenon, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Snake Oil Medicine Show, and Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, and it lent its name to Big Audio Dynamite's track "Medicine Show". O.C.M.S., self-titled album Old Crow Medicine Show is a folk/country group from Nashville, Tennessee. ... Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. ... Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) was a British rock band formed by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. ...

In addition, science fiction author Orson Scott Card has entitled his online science fiction journal the InterGalactic Medicine Show. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author working in numerous genres. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

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Patent medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2446 words)
Patent medicine is the term given to various medical compounds sold under a variety of names and labels, though they were for the most part actually trademarked medicines, not patented.
Empirical medicine, and the beginning of the application of the scientific method to medicine, began to yield a few effective herbal and mineral drugs for the physician's arsenal.
Another method of publicity undertaken mostly by smaller firms was the "medicine show," a travelling circus of sorts which offered vaudeville-style entertainments on a small scale, and which climaxed in a pitch for the nostrum being sold.
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