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Good Health and Bad Medicine:
 First Aid - Part 1

 First Aid - Part 2

 First Aid - Part 3

 First Aid - Part 4

 First Aid - Part 5

 First Aid - Part 6

 Medicine Cabinet


 Pain - Part 2

 Liniments, Rubbing Salves And Plasters

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Medicine Cabinet

( Originally Published 1940 )

THE average household medicine chest needs no more than the following items:

Mild Tincture of Iodine U.S.P. 2% solution. Keep in a glass- or rubber-stoppered 1-oz. bottle for not more than one year. (Ordinary Tincture of Iodine is a 7% solution. It is too strong for everyday use.) A. more expensive but probably more effective antiseptic is Tincture of Merphenyl Borate—Hamilton Laboratories, Hamilton, Ohio. Boric Acid Powder. Make up solution as needed (one tea-spoonful to a glass of boiled water).

Rubbing Alcohol 70%

Tannic-acid Powder (2 ounces)

Petrolatum (Vaseline)

Baking Soda

Mineral Oil (Liquid Petrolatum, U.S.P.)


Aromatic Spirits of Ammonia (one ounce). Keep not over one year.

Syrup of Ipecac

Clinical Thermometer

Hot-water bottle with syringe attachments


Adhesive Bandage (such as Band-Aid) Gauze Bandage (1-inch and 3-inch widths)

Sterile Gauze Dressing

Adhesive Tape

Absorbent Cotton (2-ounce roll) Scissors


Dental Floss

The medicine chest should be kept out of the reach of children. All bottles in it should be tightly stoppered and carefully labeled, not only as to contents, but as to use and dosage of the medicines they contain. The chest should be given frequent and thorough goings-over. Old prescriptions should be discarded promptly when they are no longer in use.

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