Johnson's American Anodyne Liniment

Johnson's American Anodyne Liniment

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For diphtheria, coughs, colds, influenza, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough, cramp and pain in the stomach, bowels, or side; rheumatism, spitting of blood, and all lung complaints; sore throat, spinal complaints, chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, chapped hands, burns, wounds, sprains and bruises
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
date made
I. S. Johnson and Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
overall: 5 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 4.7625 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Diarrhea Drugs
G.E. Damon Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Hello! Bottles of this stuff are occasionally still found today on the St. Mihiel battlefield of WWI. US troops did not have an alcohol ration issue as did other countries in the war, so to numb themselves a bit before going into battle it was a somewhat common practice to drink a bottle of this stuff before "going over the top." And it worked...… surprise as two of its main ingredients were morphine and alcohol. The practice was not authorized and could be subject to company punishment, but that did not stop men from doing it.

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