Category: Pharmaceuticals

Vicarious Menstruation, 1851

“Vicarious Menstruation” – was there ever a headline that so should be the title of a Carcass song? Here’s some Victorian cases of vicarious menstruation – that is, bleeding from other parts of the...

Cocaine for Asthma, 1935

Cocaine used to be used for all kinds of medicinal uses. In 1935, it was given as a nasal spray to treat asthma by Dr Stanley Rowbotham, who was subsequently sued by his patient...

Phosferine Tonic, 1940

More of the old pharmaceuticals today. I find these old fashioned remedies fascinating, although it seems they were mostly snake oils to varying degrees. Anything described as a “tonic” is probably not up to...

Take the Blue Pill, 1938

“Titbits Book of Wrinkles” from 1938 is another one of my favourite type of book – the compendium of knowledge. “Wrinkles” in this book mean “tips” or, as in the (slightly annoying) word of...

Gland Therapy, 1940

I love an old advert. The pictures, the phrasings, the products….you can often deduce a lot about the time period from very little information. Which is why www.gypsycreams.org is one of my favourite corners...