Lydia Pinkham was an American entrepreneur and the creator of one of the most famous patent medicines, Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. Her medicine, marketed for treatment of “female complaints,” developed a cult following in the late 19th and early 20th century. Women would often write to Mrs. Pinkham with questions about their health concerns, and Lydia (or, later, her children) would write back with answers. Eventually answers to these frequently asked questions were collected and published as Lydia E. Pinkham’s private text-book upon ailments peculiar to women. WVU has digitized a copy of this work and made it available through the Internet Archive.