Thursday, January 28, 2010

Some Old-Timey "Cures" from CA Bogardus

I have been enjoying exploring the old books contained in the Project Gutenberg catalog, when I stumbled across this little gem, published in 1907:

ONE THOUSAND SECRETS OF WISE AND RICH MEN REVEALED by C. A. BOGARDUS, Champion Quick Shot of the World

Here are a few excepts I hope you enjoy (and, obviously, DO NOT TRY THESE REMEDIES - THEY ARE DANGEROUS!):


DROPS OF LIFE.
One oz. Gum Opium (hhhm!), one drm. Gum Kino (an astringent), forty grs. Gum Camphor (now extracted from turpentine, and considered poisonous if taken internally), one-half ounce Nutmeg powdered, one pint French Brandy. Let stand from one to ten days. Dose, from 30 to 40 drops for an adult; children, half doses. This is one of the most valuable preparations in the Materia Medica, and will in some dangerous hours, when all hope is fled, and the system is racked with pain, be the soothing balm which cures the most dangerous disease to which the human body is liable--flux, dysentery and all summer complaints.

CURE FOR SORE THROAT IN ALL ITS DIFFERENT FORMS.
Two ozs. Cayenne Pepper, one oz. common Salt, one-half pint of Vinegar. Warm over a slow fire and gargle the throat and mouth every hour. Garlic and Onion poultice applied to the outside. Castor Oil, one spoonful to keep the bowels open.

EYE WATER.
Table Salt and White Vitriol (zinc sulfate), each one teaspoonful. Heat them on earthen dish until dry. Now add them to soft water one-half pint. White Sugar one teaspoonful, Blue Vitriol (copper sulfate - toxic!) a piece as large as a common pea. Should this be too strong add a little more water. Apply to the eye 3 or 4 times a day.

A SURE CURE FOR SMALL POX.
A gentleman contributes to the Chicago News the following as a sure and never failing cure for small pox: One ounce Cream of Tartar dissolved in pint of boiling water, to be drank when cold at intervals. It can be taken at any time, and as a preventive as well as a curative. It is known to have cured in thousands of cases without a failure.

A CURE FOR CANCER (AS USED BY A NEW YORK PHYSICIAN WITH GREAT SUCCESS).
Take Red Oak Bark, and boil it to the thickness of molasses, then mix with sheep's tallow of equal proportion. Spread it on leaves of Linnwood green, and keep the plaster over the ulcer. Change once in eight hours.