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Snake Oil Revisited: Plant Medicines in American History, Saturday, January 27, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, U.S. Botanic Garden

  • January 02, 2018 1:55 PM
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    Snake Oil Revisited: Plant Medicines in American History, Saturday, January 27, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, U.S. Botanic Garden

    Medicinal herbs are usually described these days as alternatives to prescribed and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. But until well into the 20th century, plant medicines were sold by Merck, Parke-Davis, Eli Lilly, and other early pharmaceutical companies. Doctors of all schools prescribed them, and people looking for cures and relief purchased them without prescription at drugstores, medicine shows, and by mail order. Historian Susan Strasser, Richards Professor Emerita of American History, University of Delaware, will discuss plants as ordinary as peppermint and as powerful as the opium poppy, and practitioners including Lydia Pinkham (creator of the most famous patent medicine for women) and the Shakers (who made more money from medicinal herbs than from furniture).  Pre-registration required


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