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Skin Laxative

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From an era when "laxative" obviously meant something different than today--I hope!

Original (full) ad here. Scroll to page 8.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1930's, Butt

“He Prescribes Asbestos Medicine”


source: Newsweek, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 23, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Medicine, Advertising

Drinkable Suntan Lotion

New from Osmosis Skincare. A suntan lotion that you don't need to rub all over your skin. You just drink it. The Bristol Post explains:
Osmosis Skincare have created Harmonised H2O UV Protection, which claims to stop harmful rays with liquid molecules that vibrate on the skin. Dr Ben Johnson is the founder of US company, Osmosis Skincare. He explains that "The liquid molecules vibrate on the skin, cancelling approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays before they hit the skin."
The drinkable solution is supposedly the equivalent of factor 30 SPF sun screen.

Not only drinkable, but holistic! That certainly sounds credible.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 20, 2014 | Comments (18)
Category: Health, Medicine

Pigeon Blood Visine

Back in the 17th century, if you suffered from a burst blood vessel in your eye, the medical treatment of the day called for squirting pigeon blood in your eye. This was to be repeated 5 or 6 times. The treatment is recorded in a number of medical manuscripts, such as this anonymously authored one from 1663 preserved in the Wellcome Collection. [via The Recipes Project]

For a stroke or pricke in the eye if it causeth payne:
Take a pidgeon and let him blood in one of the winges in the vein & let the blood spinne out of the veine into the eye & it will helpe you yf you use it 5 or 6 tymes.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 26, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Medicine, Seventeenth Century

New Use for Baboon Urine

According to NehandaRadio.com, baboon urine is "selling like hot cakes" in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The place to go to get it is the Bulawayo City Council run toilets at Egodini commuter omnibus terminus.

The source of its appeal is the belief that "a baboon by its nature urinates only on one spot. Even if it travels from Matopo to Bulawayo, when it gets pressed, it will travel all the way to Matopo before it relieves itself."

Therefore, by extension (and because the ancient medical 'principle of similitude' dictates this must be so), if the stuff is applied to a man it will "start regulating his bedding tendencies." That is, it will make him faithful to one woman.

The article goes into details about how this is done. However, one husband found his wife's vial of baboon urine, got mad, and domestic violence ensued.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Foreign Customs

Raincoat Respirator

Another example of an attractive woman (Gail Andrews) modeling a strange piece of equipment.

In this case, the equipment was a "raincoat respirator" invented by John Emerson of Cambridge, Mass. and displayed at a meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in October 1960. It was an oversive plastic bag "much like a huge raincoat" attached to a modified vacuum cleaner motor. It helped patients breathe.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Dec 31, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Medicine, 1960's

Dry-Tabs

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As you might suspect, these pills eventually met with Federal displeasure.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 23, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Bathrooms, Body, Medicine, Advertising, Body Fluids, 1950's

Ambition Pills for Weak and Nervous Men


Ads for these pills ran in many papers in the late 19th century. What was it in the pills that provided the ambition? If these pills were the same as 'Wendell's Ambition Pills,' which came on the market slightly later, then it was strychnine:

"Louisiana chemists reported that each pill was found to contain a little over one-thirtieth of a grain of strychnin and about one-fifth of a grain of iron in the form of the sesquioxid (ferric oxid). Pepper, cinnamon and ginger were also found and what was probably aloes in very small amounts. These pills are sold at 50 cents a box, each box containing forty-two pills. Under our present lax methods of permitting almost any dangerous drug to be sold indiscriminately, provided it is in the form of a 'patent medicine,' it seems, from the Louisiana findings, that it is possible for any one to purchase enough strychnin in a single box of Wendell's Ambition Pills to kill an adult."
The Journal A.M.A., Apr 6, 1918.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 15, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Health, Medicine, Nineteenth Century

The Odon Device

Jorge Odon was an Argentinian car mechanic who, one day, watched a video on YouTube that showed a trick for removing a cork that's stuck inside a wine bottle. Even though he had no medical training at all, the video inspired him to create a device to help deliver babies who are stuck inside the birth canal. And apparently the device (he's called it the Odon Device) actually works — enough so that an American medical technology firm has agreed to manufacture it. [Yahoo!]

I can't seem to remember the last brilliant idea I had while watching YouTube videos.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Inventions, Medicine

Singing Pills



If your drugs are singing to you, you've probably already overdosed.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 23, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Medicine, PSA's, 1980's
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