Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs

Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs

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Powder papers, booty balls, and sugar titsa€” Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs has a cure for whatever ails! These quaint names were given to popular medicinal forms during America's frontier era that were said to cure everything from fallen arches to a broken windmill. Grandmas, mommas, and even certified physicians treated the sick, lame, and unlucky with what was available: barbed wire and horseshoe nails, cactus, pokeweed, buckeyes, you name it. Ironically, a lot of these homespun treatments actually worked. In Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs, a practicing pharmacist takes a light-hearted look at the most popular medicines from the frontier days and how they were intended to work. An authoritative qFrontier Materia Medicaq lists common drugs, the dates they were in use, customary doses, and idiosyncrasies. The author's outstanding collection of bottle labels, advertising art, and rare photographs of qmedicine showsq rounds out this colorful survey of America's medicinal past.Don and I used to trap rabbits in box traps Gramps showed us how to make. After a scrumptious meal of ... That danged mule had twisted herself up in the traces and backed over a ten-foot drop off at the edge of a creek. She hanged herselfanbsp;...

Title:Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs
Author:Wayne Bethard
Publisher:Taylor Trade Publishing - 2004-05-17


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