It’s one of those classical images from the Wild Western Frontier. As white explorers and settlers moved out beyond the safe havens of established communities they were more and more living close to the edge and injury and illness claimed many lives.
Tending to these ailing populations there rose a population of rogues and charlatans travelling in the trail, offering patent remedies to cure any or all the ailments prevailing. Lotions and potions in brown, purple or green glass containers were sold from the back of the trailer to crowds of the desperate. Often, sadly, the results did not meet the expectations generated by the medicine men. I feel that there is a direct line connecting those rogue traders to today’s global pharmaceutical companies. I write in the context of my eighteen years of practical experience and written word researches.
My ongoing conclusion is that we should indeed…
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