Gallery of Nostrums

A gallery of early patent medicines featuring FatOff Obesity Cream, Dr. Bonker’s Celebrated Egyptian Oil, Mack Mahon The Rattlesnake Oil King’s Liniment for Rheumatism and Catarrh and more. “Catarrh” is a word you never hear any more. And yet it’s still a common ailment, unlike scurvy or, say, consumption. While we are on the subject names for diseases that belong in 19th century novels, I am proud to say I know not one but two(!) men who refer to their arthritis as “gout.”

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