|Here they actually say the|
dread words: venereal disease.
|Yes, there really was such a thing|
as snake oil.
And what did these medicines cure? Indeed, what didn’t they purport to cure? Swaim’s Panacea, the product of Swaim’s Laboratory in Philadelphia, was created in 1820 by a Professor William Swaim and claimed to heal scrofula, coxalgia (hip-joint disease), mercurial rheumatism, chronic ulcers, scrofulous ophthalmia, eczema, and poisoning of the blood. Still marketed in the 1890s, it was sometimes pictured as a stalwart Hercules clubbing the multimouthed dragon of disease.
|Cocaine for kids, 1885.|
|Slaying the dragon of disease.|
A 1905 ad.
|Louis Pasteur -- a quack?|
|Linus Pauling, twice a Nobel Prize|
winner -- and a quack?