From the fascinating Self-Healing, Patents, and Placebos:


  But astute physicians realized that well into the twentieth century, people continued to purchase extraordinary quantities of worthless nostrums - “Boyd’s Batteries” and even “powdered unicorn’s horn” - not merely because they were gullibly manipulated by quacks and cheats but because people believed that at least a few of these products, in some sense, really “worked.”


Yes, you read that right. “Unicorn’s horn”.

From the fascinating Self-Healing, Patents, and Placebos:

But astute physicians realized that well into the twentieth century, people continued to purchase extraordinary quantities of worthless nostrums - “Boyd’s Batteries” and even “powdered unicorn’s horn” - not merely because they were gullibly manipulated by quacks and cheats but because people believed that at least a few of these products, in some sense, really “worked.”

Yes, you read that right. “Unicorn’s horn”.

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