Sunday, March 23, 2014

Time travel to 1911: The world according to Meyer Brothers Druggist

Ahh!  The good old times in therapeutics, when syphilis was "treated" with arsenic...when everyone had his or her opium little bottle in their armoire....or when radium became the panacea for all ailments...

Here is how the world looked like in early 1900 according to vol.32, 1911 edition of the Meyer Brothers Druggist {published "In the interests of the Entire Drug Trade"} 

"Radium as a Therapeutic Agent.— The Department of Commerce, of Vienna, issues a warning to the effect that great caution must be observed in the use of radium in the treatment of disease. It is stated, however, that radium therapeutics has a great future, especially as it maybe applied easily both externally and internally and the effect is constant. (page 42, 1911)

Also, in case you did not know, the same magazine informs us that at the beginning of the twentieth century, "The most expensive medicine is radium, which at present has a market price of about $5,000,000.00 an ounce."

Just saying.

Finally, the pharmacists turn to arts, for a change:

"Are You Familiar with Emerson's Writing? — If so, perhaps you can tell which, if either of the following quotations are from Emerson. If you can locate just what Emerson said on the subject it will please the editor of the West Publishing Company's Docket, and satisfy the curiosity of many other persons:
  • "If you write a better book, or preach a better sermon, or build a better mousetrap than your neighbor, the world will make a beaten path to your door.
  • "If a man can preach a better sermon, write a bettor book, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though h* build his house In the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
  • "If a man can build a better mousetrap or preach a better sermon than his neighbor, though his house be built in the woods, the world will find him out and wear a beate-i path to his door."
The quiz is followed by the following piece of information:
"Saccharin was discovered in 1887."