The label for Charles A. Wright's Origininal [Original] Cholera Balm includes dosing instructions for adults and children. It was marketed as a treatment for a wide range of gastrointestinal ailments including cholera infantum, a historical term for severe gastrointestinal distress in babies. It also advises that for dysentery, or flux, a person should be given a physic (otherwise known as a prepared purgative) or rhubarb (a plant with laxative properties) before administering the Balm.
This is one of five printed, gummed labels for patent medicines marketed as cures for Cholera Morbus, a historical, obsolete term for a gastrointestinal ailment characterized by fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. Each label includes specific medicine names, such as Cholera Balm and McLaughlin's Magic Relief, as well as dosage instructions.
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