DRUGS: Lydia Loses

Last week a Portland, Maine court decision brought temporary relief to the family of famed Medicine Woman Lydia Estes Pinkham. The court dismissed her granddaughter's bill in equity seeking to place the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co. in receivership.

When Isaac Pinkham lost his shirt in the 1873 panic, his wife began selling a mysterious, home-brewed potion she had long given away to distraught friends. The potion soon overflowed into a national panacea for all kinds of female complaints. After Lydia died, Aroline Pinkham Gove and Charles Pinkham, each with a 50% share...

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