The Rev. C.S. Burnett
This section is essentially the same as that found in our section on smokable products. [Technically one of the two medicines here is inhaled and thus classified as a smokable medicine] Here we deal only with the legitimacy of the product.
This author is of the belief that YES this was a quack medicine for two reasons:
1- First, there is the Volatility Factor: Here once more quoting from the book; "The Inhalation Treatment of Diseases of Diseases of the Organs of Respiration including Consumption" by Arthur Hill Hassall :
“Whatever substances, therefore, are contained in or added to water and which are not volatile at 100° C. or 212° F., will not pass over by distillation, but will be found in the residue of the retort or still. It is thus useless to prescribe for inhalation by the vapour of hot water or by means of oro-nasal inhalers, as is frequently done, such remedies as preparations of opium, Cannabis Indica, stramonium, hyoscyamus, and many other medicinal substances. “--- pg 16Which I feel we can all agree is technically correct; which in effect means that, at least his inhaler product which relies on Hot water for its actions, won’t work as advertised.
2- Second, just look over his wording:
“This recipe is sent to you . . though a minister of the gospel, and for many years a missionary in distant parts of the globe . . . While pursuing his labors, thus brought to his notice, among other very valuable medicinal plants of that climate, an article called by the natives Hashish . . . “Look, I’m not saying that the formula as given (in syrup form), won’t work for some of the stated medical needs. However, just look over the pamphlet, would any legitimist person put out such a thing? [see Pamphlet below]
Now moving on to second subject, that being Was the Rev. C.S. Burnett and Mr. Noyes one and the same person? The answer is maybe, first let’s look at the stated formula:
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