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Quassia Cup

October 01, 2014
Quassia Cup
From the October 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website: www.mohma.org.

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Category: Quackary and Cures
Estimated Date: 1880
Name: Quassia Cup
Manufacturer: Dr. G.G. Adams

Description: This 5” by 2.5” wooden cup is shaped like a goblet. The label on front says “For Fever and Ague, Dyspepsia, Piles, Indigestion, Headaches and Debility Quassia Mara, Discovered in 1756 by a Negro slave named Quassia, Dr. G.G. Adams.” Label on bottom of cup says for “dyspepsia and indigestion, use before meals for piles, use a inch of Lac Sulpur in water 2 or 3 times a day for worms let the water stand in cup.”

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