Old West/Victorian Medicine (part 1)

Some of the favorite drugs and medicines that Old West/Victorian doctors had to choose from...

 

Laudanum: Tincture* of opium, for relief of pain and inflammation.

 

Ipecac: Preparation made from dried roots of a South American creeping plant, used as an emetic**.

 

Jalap: Tuberous root of a Mexican plant, used as a cathartic or purge.

 

Tartar Emetic: Crystals of antimony and potassium tartrate, employed usually as a sedative or an emetic.

 

Dover's Powder: Powder consisting of opium, ipecac and sugar of milk, as a sedative or to cause sweating.

Calomel: Mercurous chloride, used as a laxative purge.

 

Blue Mass: Laxative made by rubbing up metallic mercury with licorice and other excipients.

 

Paregoric: Tincture of opium and camphor, to check diarrhea.

 

Nux Vomica: Beans of an East Indian tree which contain strychnine, used as a stimulant.

Belladonna: Leaves and root of the deadly nightshade containing atrophine, used as a stimulant and to decrease all secretions of the body except the urine.

 

More later...

 

* tincture definition - (noun) A medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol

** emetic definition - (noun) A medicine or other substance that causes vomiting

 

Excerpt from Doctors of the Old West

by: Robert F. Karolevitz Cross-posted from my blog "My Ethereality"

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Comment by Lia Keyes on June 18, 2011 at 12:47pm
That shelving and the labels are all so beautiful, aren't they? Modern pharmacies have nothing on these beauties!
Comment by Ray Dean on June 20, 2011 at 6:28pm

great resources.. thanks :D

 

Comment by Lia Keyes on June 20, 2011 at 7:36pm
So helpful! I love the way our members share information.

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