Potions or Poisons

Potions or Poisons

DVD - 2010
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In the late nineteenth century, costumed performers roamed rural America entertaining people and selling vast quantities of medicinal preparations. Usually neither beneficial nor healthy, their elixirs ofter contained opium, cocaine, mercury, and grain alcohol.
Publisher: [United States] : A & E : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, [2010]
ISBN: 9781422985939
1422985938
Branch Call Number: 615.856
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 47 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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unbalancedbutfair Jul 31, 2012

an excellent short history of patent medicines. They gave them slightly short shrift while adequately explaining the downsides. It's an excellent look at human nature and a good reminder that things don't really change. Worth watching.

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