patent medicines

Tuberculosis was one of the most common diseases of the 19th century.  Unsurprisingly, a number of remedies or patent medicines, from cod liver oil to tonics, were created by companies and individuals that advertised that they were able to cure consumption.  None of these remedies lived up to their promise, though many did contain ingredients such as alcohol and opium that could dull the senses and, perhaps, bring temporary relief.

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