When dealing with aches and pains, sometimes the best way to get better is to feel better — and fast. Some popular medicines of old favored additives like cocaine.
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August 10, 2013 In the old days, a case of the nerves, constipation or a general lack of vitality could lead someone to try a patent medicine. Though filled with sketchy ingredients, the old remedies may have worked sometimes, too.
Dr. Sawen's Magic Nervine Pills contained calcium, iron, copper and potassium. Despite advertising claiming they were free of lead and mercury, both elements were found in the pills.
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April 10, 2013 Researchers put some old elixirs and pills in the Henry Ford Museum's large collection of patent medicines to a modern test. They found a mix of potentially harmful metals like lead and mercury along with benign ingredients, including calcium and iron.
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