Thursday, May 2, 2013

Friday Flash 55 "The Doctor is In"

I was told this was a symbol the "Doctor" was in
The Doctor is In

Caster oil, turpentine,
sweet oil, laudanum?
Perhaps paregoric,

ipecacuanha, wine,
brandy, opium, 
herbs or oils?

No scientific method,
just folklore, tradition.
The doctor's in, choose

a little black bottle
and he'll mix and add
a dash of this or that

dispensed with confidence
and a pinch of tobacco to smoke
while a cure you await.

by Margaret Bednar, May 2, 2013

Bottles and Herbs from Old Salem, NC's Apothecary

Hmm...  I think brandy will be all that is necessary!

55 words for Friday Flash 55!  


TexWisGirl said...

laughing at the brandy comment! :)

Ginnie said...

Oh, how fun! Big smiles all around!!! :D

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, bring out the ice cream and with the brandy make.... a most delicious Brandy Alexander! Now there's a yummy cure!

Raining Iguanas said...

My father swore ginger brandy cured the common cold?

TALON said...

This makes going to the doctor sound fabulous, Margaret! :)

My Dad used to swear by brandy for all medicinal necessities and emergencies. :)

Anne Payne said...

Looks like a great place to visit. We've been through Winston-Salem so many times and never stopped. After seeing this fantastic collection, we must remedy that.

Lydia said...

I want to visit that place! Love all those great old bottles and the lore you described. Great poem (with some words for me to go look up now.....!)

Lolamouse said...

Love all those bottles! I've always wondered why pharmacies have those different colored bottles on display! Your poem makes me long for the days when medicine was more of an art!

izzy said...

I love those apothecary shops and bottles! great! - some of those old
formulas have there place still- powerful old potions!

Margaret said...

Lydia - The Tavern is a nice place to eat... it is a college campus and the buildings for the most part are situated on one street or two. People dress in period and tell you about the past.

Lolamouse - many of the "works of art" were far more dangerous than the sickness itself! :) Be careful what you wish for.

Alice Audrey said...

The really scary part was that an alternate name for doctor was "saw bones".

hedgewitch said...

Yes, I have to agree, having read some of the cures they used(drinking mercury for syphilis for instance) you might be safer just having a nip of medicinal brandy. Lovely photos, as always, Margaret, and fun words to accompany them--I'm really glad I've never had to taste ipecacuanha! It just sounds awful, even before you know what it does.

G-Man said...

Margaret Bednar!!
The Doctor is in bottle reminds me of a Red Light District...hehehe
I just love your Retro Walks.
And I LOVE your Apothecary 55
Thanks for playing, your creative talent is a MARVEL to behold, please have a Kick Ass Week-End

Anonymous said...

Love those old bottles! I think some doctors still practice this way. :-) That's why I avoid them.

Anonymous said...

actually paragoric works wonderful !

Other Mary said...

Ah, I think sometimes folks got well in spite of the doctor! And I wonder 100 years from now if the same will be said of medicine in our times. Your pictures that accompany this are lovely as well.