Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: castor oil

  • Bitter medicines

    Medical remedies have a long history of unpleasantness, either because their nasty taste could not be masked or perhaps because of a traditional prejudice that a prescribed remedy would not work unless it was bitter, fizzed when dissolved in water, or was painful if given by injection. Classical examples are treacle, castor oil, and medications…