Coming soon: Apothecaries, and the Charms of Belladonna. A post about the old-time apothecary shops, inspired by the current window display at Grove Drugs, 302 West 12th Street (entrance on Eighth Avenue), but a couple of blocks from my apartment, with a host of jars, bottles, scales, a big mortar and pestle, and a huge faded book with prescriptions dated 1917. If you live in this part of town, by all means go look at the display, which will take you back a century to the apothecary shops of bygone days. As for belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, you may wonder why a known poison figures among the items displayed. All will be explained. And don't think you've never been exposed to it; you almost certainly have, and many times, as will also be explained.
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