1950's Medical Book About Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain, Coccydynia

What did an early 1900’s Medical Book Say About Coccyx Pain, Tailbone Pain?
  • At an Irish restaurant in New Jersey, I noticed that the bookcase behind me had a bunch of medical books.
  • So, I looked through them and found a few pages specifically on the topic of coccyx pain (tailbone pain, coccydynia, coccygodynia).
  • The book had the name of the person who owned it 1960. It did not list the date printed, so I am guessing it was from the 1950’s, but it may be even older because when I got home and looked it up it seems that these “Harmsworth Home Doctor” medical book series were popular in the 1920’s. Printed in London.
  • I think it oversimplifies treatment of tailbone pain. One sentence says, “If the pain does not yield to treatment, removal of the bone is required and it is a comparatively simple operation that causes no subsequent inconvenience.”
  • Below is a video I made about this, along with photos showing the coccyx pages of that book.
Here is the video:

Here are the photos of the pages that discuss the coccyx, including tailbone anatomy and tailbone pain.
Harmsworth Book Cover

Book Cover from early 1900’s, Harmsworth Home Doctor

Harmsworth Book Title Page

Title page for this volume of Harmsworth Home Doctor, from ~early 1900’s.

Coccyx Pain, 1950s, Page 1, Tailbone Pain

Coccyx Pain, 1950s, Page 1, Tailbone Pain

Coccyx Pain, 1950s, Page 2, Tailbone Pain

Coccyx Pain, 1950s, Page 2, Tailbone Pain

Here is the text from the video:
  • Transcription not yet available…


The book mentions ABC Liniment
  • I wondered… what ointments and liniments were applied to the skin ~70 years ago?
  • The book did specify “A.B.C. Liniment”.
  • So I looked it up.
  • ABC Liniment: Compound liniment of aconite, consisting of equal parts of the liniments of;
    • Aconite (a poisonous plant also known as ‘devil’s helmet’),
    • Belladonna (also known as ‘deadly nightshade’), and
    • Chloroform (which used to be used as an inhaled anesthetic, but now is mainly used to manufacture refrigerant freon).
  • Not something that we would use in the current century!
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