Ben Oostdam story # 481

Interesting Medications from the past

No wonder kids were happy back in the old days.......
Treatments from our great-granny's time, very effective medication!

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.
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.
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.
Cocaine tablets (1900) All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice.

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
Opium for new-borns I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!!!!!)
Opium for Asthma No comments
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.
Cocaine drops for toothache Very popular for children in 1885. Not only they relieved the pain, they made the children happy!

And we worry about aspirin for children today.......

BLO fecit 20090706
Thanks to Hans v.d. Bos and
the unknown compiler! -