Handwritten, once bound, collection of formulae includes treatments for a variety of human ailments and symptoms, the pharmacist recorded prescriptions for horses and chickens, for tooth powder, tobacco flavorings, creosote, gin, ginger beer, ink, rat paste, washing soda, diamond cement, and cologne.
Henry J. Vonderbeck was a Louisville physician and druggist in the 1880s and early 1890s. He worked as a clerk for H.H (or C.S.) Rademaker beginning c 1876 according to city directories. He attended the University of Louisville Medical Department for two terms, graduating in 1879. In 1880 he began business on his own at the corner of Jefferson and Jackson streets. He continued there until his death in either 1890 or 1891.