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Tom Black
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Green copperas. Reply with quote

Still yet another question for my peers. What was "green copperas?" As always thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

green copperas is iron. Ferrous sulfate is used as a mordant for dyeing fabric, among other uses.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susan,
Thanks for the reply. Doddridge writes of treating children who have worms with common salt, scrapings from pewter spoons and green copperas. Wonder how many died from the treatment?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

copperas aka green vitriol

Used to treat anemia and to make iron gall ink .

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 8:48 am    Post subject: Worms Reply with quote

How d' ye!

My grandmother was "dosed" or treated for worms with a few drops of turpentine on a soda cracker...

On the other hand notions about treating diseases with "bad" stuff is not old. Prior to the advent of penicillin in the late 1930's the U. S. Navy was still treating syphillis cases with arsenic. And in the past, it was treated with mercury and bismuth.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is in "Chemo" that they treat cancer patients with? Not good stuff, thats for sure. A hundred years from now, I wonder what people will think of our medical practices?
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