Osgood's India Cholagogue - 19th Century Patent Medicine

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Excavated this neat little tooled-blob patent medicine bottle today as the sun was going down. It's called Osgood's India Cholagogue (Pronounced Kah-la-gog). Probably from the 1880's-1906 at latest (before the FDA as the preparation contained Arsenic, a big no-no).
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Dr. Charles Osgood introduced his India Cholagogue in 1830, including with each bottle a 16 page booklet titled "The Causes, Treatment, and Cure of Fever and Ague, and other Diseases of Bilious Climates."
The medicine was meant to promote an increased flow of bile. Undoubtedly this was from back when the Humoral Theory of medicine was still widely believed.

Newspaper ad for the product from 1842:
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Here is a recipe published by Fenner's Twentieth Century Formulary for an imitation Ague Mixture of Osgood's Cholagogue. Notice Fowler's Solution of Arsenic as one of the listed ingredients:
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Excavated this neat little tooled-blob patent medicine bottle today as the sun was going down. It's called Osgood's India Cholagogue (Pronounced Kah-la-gog). Probably from the 1880's-1906 at latest (before the FDA as the preparation contained Arsenic, a big no-no). View attachment 2018370 View attachment 2018371
Dr. Charles Osgood introduced his India Cholagogue in 1830, including with each bottle a 16 page booklet titled "The Causes, Treatment, and Cure of Fever and Ague, and other Diseases of Bilious Climates."
The medicine was meant to promote an increased flow of bile. Undoubtedly this was from back when the Humoral Theory of medicine was still widely believed.

Newspaper ad for the product from 1842:
View attachment 2018375 View attachment 2018376
Here is a recipe published by Fenner's Twentieth Century Formulary for an imitation Ague Mixture of Osgood's Cholagogue. Notice Fowler's Solution of Arsenic as one of the listed ingredients: View attachment 2018377
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That is one beautiful bottle! Congratulations! Thanks for all the information on it.
 

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