'Cyclists, Oarsmen, Ballplayers and Athletes Anti-stiff Medicine' from America in 1893

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Classic Vintage Medicinal 250gsm Gloss Art Card Reproduction A3 Poster
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Quackery is the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices. The word quack derives from the archaic word quacksalver, of Dutch origin meaning hawker of salve. Unproven, usually ineffective, and sometimes dangerous medicines and treatments have been peddled throughout human history. Theatrical performances were sometimes given to enhance the credibility of purported medicines. Grandiose claims were made for what could be humble materials indeed: for example, in the mid-19th century Revalenta Arabica was advertised as having extraordinary restorative virtues as an empirical diet for invalids; despite its impressive name and many glowing testimonials it was in truth only ordinary lentil flour, sold to the gullible at many times the true cost. Even where no fraud was intended, quack remedies often contained no effective ingredients whatsoever. Some remedies contained substances such as opium, alcohol and honey, which would have given symptomatic relief but had no curative properties. The few effective remedies sold by quacks included emetics, laxatives and diuretics. Some ingredients did have medicinal effects: mercury, silver and arsenic compounds may have helped some infections and infestations; willow bark contained salicylic acid, chemically closely related to aspirin; and the quinine contained in Jesuit's bark was an effective treatment for malaria and other fevers. However, knowledge of appropriate uses and dosages was limited. But why not just have a cup of coffee instead and stay up late purchasing more posters from us here at World of Art
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A3 Size is 42cm x 29cm or in inches it's 16.53" x 11.69"

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