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Dr. Beach's Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001069
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
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Accession Number
996001069
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Cough -- drug therapy
Antitussive Agents
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; bought from Scott Jordan in Sept.1993.
Maker
C. S. Harris
Site Made (City)
Manchester
Site Made (State)
Canada West (C. W.)
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Material
glass: green
paper: cream
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Dr. Beach's' // Vegetable Compound // prepared by C.S. Harris, Manchester C. W. A certain remedy for Colds, Coughs, Sore throat, // &c. Also a preventative to the Chill Fever, // Ague, and summer complaints // Directions ...
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.0 cm. x Diam. : 2.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label is brittle and in slightly fragile condition; small portions of label are missing around outer edge; two pieces of label are missing from interior on either end of label
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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menthol plaster tube

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Dates
1800
1920
circa 1800-1920
Collection
Dr. Donald B. Jennings Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
004006001 a-b
Description
A tin tube used to store menthol plaster consisting of the tube (a) and a removable cap (b).
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Accession Number
004006001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Donald B. Jennings Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Ointments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
Description
A tin tube used to store menthol plaster consisting of the tube (a) and a removable cap (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - tube - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Diam. 3.4 cm
b - cap - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Diam. 3.5 cm
Provenance
The tube was left at the Queen's University Department of Physiology by Dr. Donald B. Jennings when he retired.
Maker
Thos. Davidson Mfg. Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1920
circa 1800-1920
Date Remarks
The company that made the tin was prevalent during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Material
tin: yellow; black
Inscriptions
"the // D & L // MENTHOL PLASTER // MOST WONDERFUL PLASTER MADE // PREPARED BY THE // DAVIS & LAWRENCE CO. (LIMITED.) // MONTREAL, P.Q. // EVERY PLASTER IN A SINGLE AIR TIGHT BOX. // THE THOS. DAVIDSON MFG. CO. LIMITED, MONTREAL, TIN BOXES" printed on the tube
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-4
Condition Remarks
Some corrosion and staining; the tin is dented and deformed.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Canadian Advertising Tins"; CD #9
Research Facts
The tube was made by Thos. Davidson Mfg. Co. Limited, and used by Davis & Lawrence Co.
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Comstock's Vermifuge

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Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840-1860
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
014002032
Description
Empty transparent aqua-tinted cylindrical glass bottle without stopper or label; embossed with product name; hand blown glass created irregular shape, uneven lip and base shows remains of a pontil.
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Accession Number
014002032
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- anthelmintics -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty transparent aqua-tinted cylindrical glass bottle without stopper or label; embossed with product name; hand blown glass created irregular shape, uneven lip and base shows remains of a pontil.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Comstock & Brothers Company
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840-1860
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed: "COMSTOCK'S // VERMIFUGE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.6 cm x Diam. 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches on interior and exterior of bottle's lip and neck
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Product's use and full name of company discovered through online newspaper advertisement, "COMSTOCK'S VERMIFUGE," The Newfoundlander, June 28 1852; CD #6
Research Facts
Product used as worm medication for children and adults
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Trask's Magnetic Ointment

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Dates
1846
1860
circa 1846-1860
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014002094
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle for magnetic ointment with wax sealed cork closure stuck in neck; completely covered with tan paper manufacturer's label includes decorative graphics of man in a laboratory setting sitting in front of pieces of machinery and pipes with a pail between his knees a…
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Accession Number
014002094
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle for magnetic ointment with wax sealed cork closure stuck in neck; completely covered with tan paper manufacturer's label includes decorative graphics of man in a laboratory setting sitting in front of pieces of machinery and pipes with a pail between his knees and provides the manufacturer's and the products name and legal information.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Dr. A. Trask
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1846
1860
circa 1846-1860
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
paper: tan
glass: clear
ink: black
wax: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DR. A (TRAS) K's // MAGNETIC // OINTMENT // FRANCIS U. KAHLE, // TORONTO, ONT // SOLE AGENT FOR // GREAT BRITAIN // AND CANADA // None Genuine without the Sign (illegible) // J Bre (illegible) // Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1846 in (illegible) // Office of the northern district of the State of New ( illegible)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length 6.7 cm x Width 3.6 cm x Depth 3.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper very yellowed, brittle, and crumbling, all edges are torn and fraying; top of label near front face is missing two significant chunks; cap is covered in broken and brittle wax
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"The Attraction of Magnetic Medicines," bottlebooks.com (Digger Odell Publications: 2009 ), http://www.bottlebooks.com/magnetic.htm; CD #6
Research Facts
Perhaps the best known magnetic medicine was Trask's Magnetic Ointment made by the David Ransom & Son company of Buffalo, New York. The ointment a "remedy for pain, nervous headache, inflammation of the bowels, burns, fever sores..." was first produced in 1848 according to the patent office records. According to Wilson in his book on 19th century medicines, "Trask's Ointment was introduced by S. Bull, of New York State in 1846." Ransom became the proprietor in the mid 1860s and ownership changed hands several times after that. It was still being advertised for sale one hundred years after being introduced. There are many different variants of the Trask's Ointment including machine made embossed bottles and a damaged yellow green pontiled specimen. The wholesale druggist catalogs of the 1880s list the ointment in two sizes (25 cents and 40 cents). The inexpensiveness of the brand probably contributed to its long lived success.
Magnetic ointments were popular in the late 19th century and were used to treat a wide variety of illnesses until the United States's Food and Drug Act of 1906 impeded the sale of products deeemed to be fraudulent, which magnetic ointments were.
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Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840 - 1860
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005024
Description
Handblown clear glass bottle with sloped shoulders; narrow neck and protruding lip; without cork; open pontil mark on irregularly shaped bottom of bottle.
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Accession Number
014005024
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packing -- container -- bottle
Description
Handblown clear glass bottle with sloped shoulders; narrow neck and protruding lip; without cork; open pontil mark on irregularly shaped bottom of bottle.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Dates
1840
1860
circa 1840 - 1860
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Length
12.5
Diameter
2.7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor crack along the exterior bottom of neck
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Pontil Scars. Society for Historical Archaeology Inc.
Research Facts
When a blowpipe was used as a pontil, it left behind a distinctive ring shaped scar that is usually sharp edged, hollow in the middle, and round to slightly oval with an overall diameter that is roughly the size of the bottles upper neck - circumstantial proof that one blowpipe was usually used for both blowing and empontilling.
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005034
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
014005034
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
12.5
Diameter
3.3
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor residue inside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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pendulum lever scale

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Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1988.4.1 a-h
Description
An oak case (a) with bottom line with velvet; one corner partitioned off to contain weights (b-g), as follow: (b) penny weights, 6d, (c) rimmed, lozenge, 4d, (d) shaped, 4d, (e) 2d, (f) 2-oz troy (?) from set of nested weights, and (g) drachm weight; contains a hand balance (h) not part of the orig…
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Accession Number
1988.4.1 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
An oak case (a) with bottom line with velvet; one corner partitioned off to contain weights (b-g), as follow: (b) penny weights, 6d, (c) rimmed, lozenge, 4d, (d) shaped, 4d, (e) 2d, (f) 2-oz troy (?) from set of nested weights, and (g) drachm weight; contains a hand balance (h) not part of the original contents; lid is hinged with staples; a label is pasted on the underside of the lid.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 17.8 cm x Width 9.5 cm x Depth 3.8 cm
b-g - weights
h - scale - Size: Length 9.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J.K.W. Ferguson; belonged to Dr. Allan Holford Walker, Obit. CMAJ June 1933.
Maker
Perry & Co. (scale); W. &. T Avery (box)
Site Made (City)
London (scale); Birmingham (box)
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c.-late 19c."
Material
fabric: brown
wood: brown
metal:
Inscriptions
Printed on label on underside of box lid: "W & T AVERY // Late T. Beach // Manufacturers of All Kinds of // Scales, Scale Beams, Steelyards, Patent Weighing Machines // Screw plates, . . . // Birmingham . . ."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
File
JPG
Reference Comments
Photocopied materials in file; CD #UHN
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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1989.7.4
Description
Turned box wood, two-part container joined with a leather hinge; drilled to enable a cork placed in lower metal-lined part to be pushed out by a plunger coming through two parts; when plunger is fully extended, the container can be open to insert the cork.
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Accession Number
1989.7.4
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging -- instrumentation
Description
Turned box wood, two-part container joined with a leather hinge; drilled to enable a cork placed in lower metal-lined part to be pushed out by a plunger coming through two parts; when plunger is fully extended, the container can be open to insert the cork.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. D. McKinley.
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
wood: brown
fabric: beige
leather: brown
metal
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-3
Dimension Notes
Length 20.3 cm x Diam. 6.0 cm
Condition Remarks
The head of the plunger is cracked and bound with string.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Canadian Biographical Dictionary, p. 692; Ont. Medical Registry of 1872; CD #UHN
Research Facts
Belonged to Dr. Henry Turner (b. 1829), registered Ontario 1866, practised in Millbrook, Ontario ca. 1853-1898 and in NWT ca. 1895-1907; operated a drugstore in Millbrook from 1871.
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Dates
1830
1870
1830-1870
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1990.8.1 a-q
Description
A rosewood-veneered chest (q), lid lined with crumpled velvet; drawer and bottle compartments lined with maroon velvet; brass inset carrying handle and drawer pull, brass key, escutcheon/key, and drawer catch; four empty bottle compartments; contains seven empty, unlabelled bottles (a-g); a spatula…
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Accession Number
1990.8.1 a-q
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Therapy
Description
A rosewood-veneered chest (q), lid lined with crumpled velvet; drawer and bottle compartments lined with maroon velvet; brass inset carrying handle and drawer pull, brass key, escutcheon/key, and drawer catch; four empty bottle compartments; contains seven empty, unlabelled bottles (a-g); a spatula with a wooden handle (h); a hand balance (i) with brass pans, black strings, silk tassel; a brass key (k) that does not fit the keyhole; a glass mortar (l); a glass measure, one fluid drachm=60 minims (m); a round box holding 4 grain weights (n); a round box holding 7 drachm weights (o); a dovetailed, velvet-lined drawer (p); (j) not listed.
Number Of Parts
17
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 11.5 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
b - bottle - Size: Length 11.5 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
c - bottle - Size: Length 11.2 cm x Width 3.2 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
d - bottle - Size: Length 11.2 cm x Width 3.2 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
e - bottle - Size: Length 11.2 cm x Width 3.2 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
f - bottle - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
g - bottle - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
h - spatula - Size: Length 10.8 cm
l - mortar - Size: Length 3.8 cm x Diam. 6.5 cm
n - box - Size: Depth 1.5 cm x Diam. 2.7 cm
o - box - Size: Depth 1.5 cm x Diam. 2.7 cm
q - case - Size: Length 19.0 cm x Width 13.8 cm x Depth 13.2 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. and Mrs. K. Ferrie.
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1830
1870
1830-1870
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c."
Material
wood: reddish-brown
metal: yellow
glass: clear
fabric: maroon; black
Inscriptions
Handwritten on box (n): "Grain Weights"; printed around the side: "Bucklee, 86 New Bond St., corner of Oxford St."; box (o) labelled "Drachm Weights"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Chest (q): veneer lost below right hinge, cracked across lid where handle is inset; velvet lining is much worn, faded in bottle compartments, less so in the drawer; hand balance (i): pans corroded.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1991.17.17
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
1991.17.17
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. R. Josephson of Toronto.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS // 8"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 1 Row B
Length
13.0 cm
Diameter
3.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor crack at lip goes to outside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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