Monday, November 12, 2018

Medicines of yore that killed!

I've been doing research in old newspapers and many offer insights into products for sale and their ingredients. One of them that fascinates me is the category of medicines. Home remedies they were called. And many of them were dangerous.
Cough syrups for children contained cocaine. Pills for women who were "hysterical" often contained laudanum. Children and adults died of continued use and overdose.
Here are a few of the ads.

1 comment:

Alison Pridie said...

My husband and I were just talking about this the other day. How you used to be able to get what you needed for pain, but now the pharmaceutical companies control so much. Although yes many people died due to being addicted to alot of it