Today’s Traveling Patent-Medicine Show

By |2022-03-25T14:31:06-04:00May 14th, 2018|CSDAP Original Content, Pharma|

A hundred years ago, traveling shows peddled patent medicine, sometimes one step ahead of the authorities. Ingredients included opium, alcohol, laudanum, radium, and other illicit substances. Tapeworm larvae were sometimes suspended in weight-reduction remedies. By the time the authorities closed in, the wagon, the salesman and his wares were gone, leaving the purchaser or the local doctor to