‘Eclectic Oil’ and other miracle cures

You know how prescription and over the counter drug ads end in an absurdly fast read list of side effects and disclaimers? Be thankful – there was a time not so long time ago that anything could be marketed as a remedy or medicine without any real science backing it up. Patent medicines, widely available without prescription, were heavily touted without any proof of effectiveness, or for that matter, known to be fully safe for the user.

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