American Chamber of Horrors Author:deForest Lamb, Ruth Not a horror/thriller anthology(at least not in the traditional sense): — This book chronicles the early 20th Century practice of selling expensive medicinal or beauty products which at best, did not live up to their claims; at worst, they contained ingredients which the manufacturers knew caused harm to humans in much smaller quantities than the... more » larger amounts in the product being sold.
When this first edition was published in 1936, the information was shocking and was definitely a "current event." So although this book might be found in a bookstore history section, it unfortunately, parallels many practices in the 21st Century beauty industry.
About the title...
In the introduction to the book (p. ix), de Forest Lamb explains: "...(the) Inspectors of the Food and Drug Administration sent in to Washington some of the samples of some of the injurious and fradulent products they had picked up in the regular course of their work... (the bottles) were piled up on a table in the Chief Inspector's office... There they attracted so much shocked attention from the visitors to the office that reporters dubbed them the "Chamber of Horrors."
*No dust jacket; this first edition probably never had one.« less