Episode 19: "Potions Vault"

This week, Cassiopeia and Violet venture into the weird world of magical potions and messed-up medicines. Prepare oneself for the horrifying history of the cure-all Mummia drug (inspired by a memorable Egyptology lecture) and the insane exploits of Snake Oil merchants in the Wild West.

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Further reading:

Mummia (also mumia or mūmiyā)

Abraham Herbert, “Asphalts and Allied Substances

The Arcana Wiki - “Mummia

Warren Dawson, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, Nov 1927, “Mummy as a drug

Smithsonian Article, 2012, “The Gruesome History of Eating Corpses as Medicine

Snake Oil

The Pharmaceutical Journal , 2015, Andrew Haynes - “The history of snake oil

Very Well Health - “The History and Uses of Snake Oil

China Daily 2018 - “Snake Oil?