A Modester Proposal?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 3 00:51:11 UTC 2010

And possibly more humane than castor oil, "cough medicine" made of
whiskey and turpentine, phenolphthalein pills, and Epsom salts,
"remedies" for children's illnesses that I grew up with. And that's
only a partial list from the good old days, of just the stuff that I
personally was (mis)treated with. I never had to deal with sulfur &
molasses and many other supposed "medicines" of that era.


On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 3:51 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> On the use of a colonial American nostrum, called "snail water", a
> mixture of ground snails and worms:  "Dissolved in water, children
> suffering any sort of maladies were expected to get well after
> gulping down great volumes of this swill."  Unless they were
> swallowed themselves.  But surely more humane than roasting.
>  From _Hustlers and Con Men_, by Jay Robert Nash (1976), p. 59.
> Joel
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