Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mom's Medicine Cabinet - 1950's

It’s nostalgia time A doctor advised me last week to soak my thumb in Epson Salt. Epson Salt? Wasn’t Epson Salt in mom’s medicine cabinet in the 1950’s? Actually, we didn’t have a medicine cabinet, or medicine chest, but my mother had them somewhere. The question is what else was in mother’s home remedies in the 1950’s? Here’s a list from memory and the internet. My mom did not obviously have all these at one time, but most appeared sooner or later: Alka-Seltzer Bactine Band-Aids Anacin Bayer Aspirin Ben Gay Bufferin Calamine Lotion Castor Oil Chap Stick Cod Liver oil Dr. Miles Nervine Epson Salt Hot water bottle Lanacane Listerine Mercurochrome Mercury Thermometer Pepto-Bismo Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia Smith Brothers Cough Drops Syrup of Ipaca Tincture of Iodine Unguentine Vaseline Vicks Formula 44 Vicks Vapor Rub TLC Smelling salts might make the list, but we never had them How many are still in use today? How far has medicine progressed?

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