Armbrecht’s Coca Wine

Between now and Christmas (and probably beyond) I'll be taking a different tack with the Quack Doctor and posting more frequently but more briefly, showing just pics of medical adverts, snippets about strange cases,...

Torpid Liver Positively Cured

I'm sure all The Quack Doctor’s readers have leapt out of bed bright and early this morning, clear-headed, sparkly-eyed and ready to go out and grab all the exciting opportunities that the New Year...

Habitina – an infallible remedy for addiction

Source: The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette,17 April 1907 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Following on from the last post, we remain in early 20th-century America. But while Mayr's Wonderful Stomach Remedy was fairly harmless (albeit rather revolting), this nostrum was...

The Elixir of Opium podcast, plus award news

A couple of weeks ago a I did a post about McMunn's Elixir of Opium, and because I had quite a bit of information about it, I intended to do a podcast. Unfortunately I...

McMunn’s Elixir of Opium

Source: Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery (Louisville, KY), July 1855 Click here for Transcript There are no prizes for guessing what was in this. First formulated in the mid 1830s by Dr John B...

Dr. Haines' Golden Specific

  Dr James Wilkins Haines was a Quaker physician from Cincinnati, and you can learn more about his eventful life at Karen Campbell's Quaker Genealogy blog.   In 1917 the American Medical Association denounced his remedy (by then...