Yes its plague week, and yes I promised to post something today on the topic, but ironically (and inconveniently) I’m not feeling well. (Oooohh, maybe its Y. pestis? Maybe I should coat myself in mercury and hop in the oven…) So, I owe an extra post tomorrow on Plaguey goodness.
In the meantime, to satisfy your craving for the weird treatments of yore, check out this excellent post over at the ever-cantankerous and pithy Drugmonkey. The post details what was really in “Mrs Winlow’s Soothing Syrup,” which was given to teething newborns in the late 1800s.
It will come as no surprise to the modern reader to find the active ingredients of “nostrums” were quite frequently cocaine, opium/heroin/morphine or cannabis extracts.