Today, everyone is used to pharmaceutical advertising, which uses pastel shades, pastoral landscapes and rave reviews of the new “miracle drug”. But in the late 1800s, a St. Louis-based company put ads for its analgesics and antipyretics on the market in the form of a series of creepy calendars. On them, medicine was offered by creepy skeletons. And everything would be fine, but, ironically, the product that this company advertised turned out to be deadly. Continue reading
Beaver testicles and radioactive toothpaste: 7 fatal self-care products that were used in the XX century
Today, when the world is dominated by science and technology, it is not easy to believe that even some 50 years ago people took for medicinal drugs something that today is not allowed without a protective suit. And when it comes to more distant times, you can only wonder what was the pharmacological fantasy of our ancestors and that they basically survived.
Toothpaste containing radioactive thorium, developed in Germany in the 30-40s of the XX century. The paste had a very funny pseudo-scientific advertising slogan that promised the death of all microbes in the mouth. Continue reading