Potions From the Past Held More Than a Snake-Oil Promise: Study

Researchers dissect 19th century concoctions to find some medicinal secrets actually worked

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Benvenuto suggested that modern consumers shouldn't be too smug about how the state of medicine today compares to the 19th century.

"I wonder what chemists studying our medications 100 or 200 years from now might think about us," he said.

The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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