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Saturday, January 01, 2005

America's Women by Gail Collins


“American women of the late nineteenth century were drowning in drugs and alcohol that they ingested under the guise of medication. Colonel Hoestetter's Stomach Bitters aided the digestion with a compound that was 44.3 percent alcohol.-- one tablespoon fed through a gas burner could maintain a bright flame for almost five minutes. Some of the alcohol-laced medicines were even recommended as cures for alcoholism”

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