Search for pills that made Abraham Lincoln lose his cool

Lincoln’s consumption of the ‘blue mass,’ used as an explanation for his “melancholy” is said to have been used most often “ineffectively.”

In honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lincoln, the society has decided to trace the Victorian medication also known as ‘blue pills,’ used widely in the 19th century as a cure for many infirmities such as constipation, child birth pains, tuberculosis and toothaches. The main ingredient, known to be a toxic component of the blue mass was mercury, though the pills also contained Glycerol, Rose honey and Althea.

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