Tuesday, June 7

Mabel is Unstable

Here's a great collection of vintage pharmaceutical ads. Many Most of these are scary--check out the little epileptic girl on the swing, the little boy cracked out on Nembutal, and compazine for the arthritis sufferer? Geez. How many of these medications are still on the market? But at least you know what the company was attempting to treat with these ads, which were, I believe, mostly directed at doctors. Today's ads frighten me even more--"Ask your doctor if XXXXX is right for you" when you don't even know what the hell it's for. But don't get me started on the travesty that is Big Pharma.

Speaking of drugs, here's a neat list of fictional drugs in literature and movies. Note: Soma was first a fictional drug in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, but is now a real muscle relaxer. Creepy.

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