28/01/08

Big pharma does smack

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  1. Comment by Lee Rudolph, 04/02/08, 03:08:

    Ah, those were the days. I am happy to own a copy of T.M. Griffiths’s compendium “Non-Secret Recipes”. It’s full of recipes for the corner drugstore (and the farmer); mine is the 1910 edition, featuring as an appendix the text of the then just-passed Pure Food and Drug Law.

    The book is playing hard to find just at the moment, so I can’t check whether it has any recipes incorporating anything so new-fangled as Heroin. But here are some of my previously transcribed favorites.

    ===begin extensive quotations from T.M. Griffiths===

    Suppositories for Piles
    Ext. ergot. (solid) …… 2 grains
    Ext. Opii ……………. 1/4 grains
    Ext. nuc. vom…………. 1/4 grains
    Cocain. hydroclor……… 1/4 grains
    Ol. theobrom………….. q.s.
    Ft. suppositoria.
    Mitte 12.
    (Rub down the extracts and cocaine on a warm slab, and gradually add the ol. theobrom., which should only be just melted, return to the suppository-bath, pouring into the mould as soon as liquefied, using the least possible heat.)

    For Painful Piles and Vaginitis
    (Journ. Med. and Science.)
    Ext. aconite ………….. 1/8 grain
    Ext. belladonna ……….. 1/8 grain
    Ext. hydrastis …………. 1 grain
    Ext. lobelia …………… 3 grains
    Cacao butter …………… enough
    Make one suppository.

    Pile Suppositories
    Iodoform ……………… 30 grains
    Extract belladonna……… 3 grains
    Morphine sulphate……..1 1/2 grains
    Cacao butter………….. 180 grains
    Mix, and make twelve suppositories.

    Pile suppositories.
    Ext. witch hazel, powd….. 60 grains
    Tannin ……………….. 12 grains
    Opium ………………… 4 grains
    Cacao butter …………. 180 grains
    Mix, and make twelve suppositories.

    ===end===

    The first one in particular seems like it might almost make piles pleasant–if it didn’t kill you.

    He also has a recipe for “asthma cigarettes” compounded of tobacco and Jimson weed.

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