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Young’s Rectal Dilators

These things were widely advertised in newspapers during the early 20th Century, promoted as a "guaranteed cure" for just about everything, but particularly for piles and constipation. As the American Journal of Gastroenterology notes, they do actually have some legitimate medical uses. But in 1940 the federal government sued the Dr. Young company for making misleading claims, and after that the ads stopped appearing in newspapers. Read more about the history of these dilators at The Quack Doctor.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 14, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Medicine

Nervine

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What exactly were the ingredients of Nervine that made it sell effectively for many decades?

Read all about it here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

Hasbro’s Mr. Carrot Head



Is it just me, or was there more creativity in the old days, when you could use "any fruit or vegetable" with Mr. Potato Head, and arrange the features anyplace on the head, instead of in the pre-drilled slots?

I was also curious if "play doctor" sets were still made, and they certainly are, as you can see in the link below. Thank goodness children are still abetted in their, ahem, innocent early vocational explorations!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 19, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Toys, 1950's

Feeling Nuts

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Medicine, PSA's, Genitals

Quacks and Nostrums

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Medicine, PSA's, 1950's

John Braund and His Cure for Cancer



Link to newspaper article of the era.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 02, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Medicine, 1940's, South Pacific

Check the Neck!



Beware of the "neck-breathers" among us!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 29, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Body Modifications, Health, Medicine, PSA's

What a Wonderful World It Would Be



The lesson? If only doctors could build our cars.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 23, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Annoying Things, Family, Medicine, Technology, 1960's, Cars

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
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