Lot 361: 1900s trade card for Leland Stanford’s San Francisco Chinese Doctor

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Lot 361: Author: N/A; Title: Trade card for the leading Chinese physician of herbal medicine in San Francisco before the Earthquake; Place Published: San Francisco; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: ca. 1900-1906; Description: [Trade Card] Dr. Wong Woo / Chinese Physician and Surgeon : 776 [764-66] Clay St., San Francisco, California. 3 x 5", printed on front and verso. Small photo of Woo and a red stamp noting the address change (Undated, but ca. 1900-1906, the year of Woo's death). Rare. WorldCat locates only one institutional copy, at the University of Rochester. Text on the front reads: "Dr. Wong Woo, favorably known to the People of San Francisco, will be in constant attendance, and invites the patronage of the Public for his extensive variety of herbs and teas, which will be furnished to his customers at reasonable rates..." On verso, is Woo's statement "to the public", including those who were "prejudiced against the Chinese mode of ministering to the ills to which human flesh is heir"...through ignorance of the methods and remedies employed". Using only a "feel of the pulse" as diagnosis, he "guaranteed" a cure for Rheumatism, Piles, Dyspepsia, Consumption, Asthma, Kidney Disease, Blindness, Insanity, Heart Disease, Dyphtheria, Cancer, Tumors - and even "the most severe gunshot wounds". Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $250-350
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