Monday, September 14, 2009

Medications from the Past

 Interesting  Medications from the past

  Bayer's  Heroin

A  bottle of Bayer's heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin  was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It  was also used to treat children with strong  cough. 


 Coca  Wine

Metcalf  Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with  cocaine on the market.  Everybody used to say that  it would make you happy and it would also work as a  medicinal treatment.  

Mariani  wine
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its  time.  Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with  him all the time.  He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.  


Produced  by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York ..  It  was suggested that you should take a full glass with or  after every meal.  Children should take half a glass.  


A  paper weight

A  paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne (  Mannheim , Germany ).  They were proud of being the  biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.  


Opium  for Asthma



Cocaine  tablets (1900)

All  stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance.  Great to "smooth"  the voice. 


 Cocaine  drops for toothache

Very  popular for children in 1885.  Not only they relieved the pain, they made the children  happy! 


Opium  for new-borns

I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the  Opium, but 46% alcohol!!!!!) 


And we worry  about aspirin for children today??? 



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