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New Hampshire Glossary: Drug Mill

The term ‘drug mill’ had a very different meaning in the early years of America’s existence than it does now. A drug mill was a term used to describe both/either the actual “mill” used to process medicine OR the building … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Suffragist, Physician, Teacher and Civic Leader: Dr. Jennie Sarah Barney of Grafton and Franklin (1861-1956)

Jennie Sarah Barney‘s birth certificate does not list a first name. But the 1880 U.S. Census calls her Jennie S. Barney, and her college graduation listing shows: “Jennie Sarah Barney.” Most of her professional life she went by Dr. J. … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: Cures for the Spanish Flu

A great deal has been written about the Spanish flu or influenza.  The National Library of Health at the U.S. Library of Medicine web site has a detailed article about this pandemic. [EDITOR’S NOTE in 2020.  Obviously this story was … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Patent Medicine

The definition of patent medicine is a medical compound or mixture of drugs, sometimes called a “nostrum,” that is proprietary, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s "Father of Naturopathy," and "Father of American Herbalism," Samuel A. Thomson (1769-1843)

In New Hampshire's colonial history, herbal medicine (or sometimes doing nothing at all) was the safest course to remedy an … Continue reading

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