The latter half of the 19th century was an era when little was correctly known about diseases and medical care. Manufacturers consequently took advantage of a lucrative opportunity and concocted nostrums that frequently were neither safe nor effective. At the forefront of these deceptive products were the embossed cures (a group of so-called remedies that have the word “cure” or variant words like “curatine” or “kure” embossed on the bottle). Marketed with elaborate packaging and fantastical claims, any relief afforded to the patient was generally temporary, not curative.
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