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  1. Fully expected to see Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills on this list. Was disappointed.

  2. Laugh if you want. I actually took 666 cough syrup and would do it again if I could find it. I had been coughing for days, until i was gagging. It did smell like creosote and tasted like you would think. But it kept me at work and on my feet.

  3. I can understand that some of these were just scams sold by con artists, but that doesn't explain why people would continue to buy something that didn't do what it was intended to do, especially if someone was truly suffering from some ailment or disease.

    I suspect that at least some of these patent medicines were simply a 'respectable' way for people to get their alcohol or other drug. That is, a sham on the part of the buyer as well as the seller.

  4. Who else would like to have a bottle of the over the counter cocaine and heroin just to see what it was like? And hopefully not get addicted after one bottle

  5. While some of the city's residents might need to be well-tazed, the pronunciation of the name of their town (and county) sounds like the Tasmanian Devil's response to a query about his health: Taz Well!

  6. I don'y have a sample, but one summer of roaming I saw a faded sign painted on the side of a barn that read "Doctor Pierce's Pleasant Pellets for Weak Women."
    Occasionally felt the need for them, and wish they were still on the market ;>)

  7. What is really scary about this, is that if it were not for government intervention people would still be buying and using these products, and swearing by them. In fact, there are plenty of legally manufactured "cures" that are in existence today that are every bit as fake as all of these are. Just that they don't contain anything unhealthy/life-threatening for human consumption.

    Like those vitamins you see at pretty much any drug/grocery store and advertised on television. Tons of people swear by them, but they are all fake.

  8. For everyone commenting on the pronunciation of the word "salve", like everything else, it depends on where you live and how you learned it. I live in Wisconsin ( just south of Racine, as mentioned in the video), and I pronounce 'salve' with the 'L'.

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