Aug152012

Behind the Magic ~ Victorian Household Medicine

 A Household Medicine Cabinet 1870s

1. Powdered ipecacuanah [induce vomiting]
2. Purgative powder
3. Sulphate of quinine [malaria treatment]
4. Chlorodyne [chloroform and morphine tincture]
5. Carbolic acid [antiseptic]
6. Castor Oil
7. Eno’s fruit salts
8. One bottle each of M’Kesson and Robbin’s compound podophyllin and aloes and myrrh pills [for warts and verrucas, also purgative]
9. Stick of nitrate of silver [antibacterial, often used in eyes for conjunctivitis, skin infections, ulcers]
10. Cholera pills
11. Iodine
12. Tabloids of antipyrin and phenacetin [analgesic and antipyretic]
13. Aspirin
14. Salicylate of soda [pain relief, for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis]
15. Boracic acid [disinfectant]
16. Cough lozenges
17. Tabloids of grey powder [mercury in calk, mainly purgative and antisyphilitic]
18. Kaye’s essence of linseed
19. Lint, cotton, wool, linen
20. Oiled silk
21. Roll of adhesive plaster
22. Bandages
23. Dressing forceps

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Quote of the Day:
“Ovid, a Latin poet of lively genius: his works are numerous; but his delicacy of sentiment by no means equals the purity of his diction.”
~ Mangnall 1833
(Talk about a back-handed compliment!)

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