National Geographic : 1954 Oct
pers, ants, earthworms, and even mummies. "They also prescribed opium and whisky," said Marshall. "Didn't cure you, but at least made you more resigned to dying. Oddly enough, they knew about digitalis. But where we use it as a heart stimulant, they thought of it only as a purge." Ranged along the counter for sale I saw containers of bay leaves, caraway seed, nut- megs, rubbed sage, poppy seed, cinnamon sticks, licorice root, slippery elm, thyme, lav ender, pomanders, boxes of twist tobacco, and even some twigs labeled "a Good Wintergreen toothbrush, 5¢ lawful Money." Marshall dipped into one jar and came up with a pinch of snuff, which he inhaled expertly, detonating a violent sneeze. From another he produced some sweet horehound drops.