318. Physicians Drug Refrence

Q: I am inquiring to find a piece that resembled a physicians drug reference insert for “Reciprocal Toxin” or something like that.

A: From Cartoon Carol: It was an ad for Reprisol (Toxin), and it appeared in COMA, a parody medical journal that ran in the May ’75 (Medicine) issue. Other miracle drugs promoted in COMA were Placebin (no medical effect at all, but acceptable to hypochondriacs) and Terminalin (“for cerebral infusion where euthanasia is indicated”; it’s a pill bottle full of bullets). Thanks, Carol!

4 comments on “318. Physicians Drug Refrence

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    additional details to my original query: The ad was for a drug marketed to doctors with problem patients. They have the worst 48-72 hours of their life… and LIVE! Terrible symptoms and pain for your worst hypocondriac or problem patient.

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    It was an ad for Reprisol (Toxin), and it appeared in COMA, a parody medical journal that ran in the May ’75 (Medicine) issue.
    Other miracle drugs promoted in COMA were Placebin (no medical effect at all, but acceptable to hypochondriacs) and Terminalin (“for cerebral infusion where euthanasia is indicated”; it’s a pill bottle full of bullets).

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    D’oh! I knew I shoulda checked that issue. Thanks again, Carol!

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    You know, I think this joke was first presented in Mad Magazine in the early ’60s. I remember it, and was trying to find reference to it on the web, and ended up here. As I recall, they listed dosages in .22, .38 and .45 caliber. Don’t recall Terminalin but think they used the phrase, “Caloric Plumbum” instead.

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