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Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills (Improved)

Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills (Improved)

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: Laxative. To assist man when he overindulges in eating or drinking, and through lack of proper exercise, by helping renew his interest in life.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1940
W. H. Comstock Company
Place Made
United States: New York, Morristown
Canada: Ontarian, Brockville
Physical Description
aloes (drug active ingredients)
mandrake (drug active ingredients)
gamboge (drug active ingredients)
jalap (drug active ingredients)
cayenne pepper (drug active ingredients)
overall: 1/4 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in;.635 cm x 4.7625 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Tonics, Minerals & Vitamins
Nerve & Brain Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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