Story: Medicines and remedies

Studying patent medicines, 2010 (4th of 4)

Studying patent medicines, 2010

University of Otago student Jo Welson (left) and Professor Barbara Brookes carefully handle a bottle of chlorodyne, a common patent medicine in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used to treat a range of health conditions, but its ingredients (including chloroform, morphine and extract of cannabis) made it both highly addictive and often fatal if taken in large doses.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 30 January 2010, p. 14
Photograph by Jane Dawber

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Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, 'Medicines and remedies - Plants, pills and poultices before 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 May 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020