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"The Quack Doctor" -Dr. M'Munn's -["John B"] -("McMunn's") Elxir of Opium Bottle-

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Posted 6 years ago


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Thought I'd like to share this- Really interesting stuff from the 1800's. 1820's-1840's- I think.

I understand Dr. John B. M'Munn was a Physician in New York and concocted this "elixir" of opium that supposedly was "de"-narcotized, so that it was "safe" for use- especially with children.

The wrapper states that "This is the essential extract from the native drug. It contains valuable quantities of opium without its deleterious and useless"-[?effects] and then goes on to state that "no elixir of opium is genuine unless signed by John B.M'Munn in his own handwriting".

This bottle is signed John B. M'Munn and also has another signature and below is E. Ferrett, Agt. 372 Pearl St. [?? Boston], Ma.

There are a few articles online if you type in "Elixir of opium" - which includes discussions about unfortunate children's deaths secondary to misuse/overdose when administering. I'm an RN and find this type of history fascinating!- hope you do as well!

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  1. kbow kbow, 6 years ago
    This is so neat! Great find!
  2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 2 years ago
    It's more like 1880 to 1900.

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