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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Researcher Follows Scripts

There was an interesting query (genealogically speaking) in Dr. Paul Donohue's column today:

Dear Dr. Donohue: Enclosed are copies of two prescriptions given to my father in the 1940s. I had little contact with him during his life, and now I'm trying to gather as much information about him as I can. All I know about his health is that he was in poor health most of his life and was a patient in veterans' hospitals in Ohio and California from 1940 to his death in 1956. My older brothers told me he had rheumatoid problems. I have not seen his death certificate.

I discovered that belladonna is a poison. I wonder if you could tell me what conditions are treated by the ingredients in these prescriptions. -- R.H. [Link]
It turns out that his dad "must have had epilepsy."

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