Archive for the ‘medical’ Category
In the 1890’s, the Antikamnia (opposed to pain) Medical Company used a series of amusing skeletal cartoons to advertise their wares. These cartoons were drawn by Louis Crucius, a pharmacist, doctor, and Professor of Anatomy, who started drawing them while working at a pharmacy in his school years. The AntiKamnia company produced medicines containing acetanilid, an anti-fever drug with pain relieving properties. It was later found to be both toxic and addictive. Apparently it was often mixed with codeine, to increase it’s pain-relieving effects. Nothing keeps your customers like making your medicines physically addictive! Anyhow, they used Dr. Crucius’ little skele-men in calendars from 1897 through 1901. The fellow pictured above is my favourite so far; I love the way the officer is stroking his goatee. If you like the style (and how could you not?) BibliOdyssey has many more, as well as a more detailed history, and links for further reading.
The Antikamnia Chemical Company [BibliOdyssey]
Isn’t this a treat on a gloomy Monday morning. The Wellcome library has recently released their image collection to the web under a Creative Commons license. With over 40,000 images dealing with medicine from the ages of witchcraft to modern biomedical breakthroughs, and with more images being added constantly, the depth of this archive is intense, and must be experienced to be understood.