Art: Wartime Medicine Chest

U.S. citizens are buying more proprietary medicines (drugs sold without prescription) than ever before. Last week drug companies, Government officials and medical men were unable to explain the swelling demand for arnica, eyewash, ipecac and milk of magnesia.

Most doubted that the doctor shortage was yet severe enough to require an increase in home medication. Some laid increased sales to the rise in buying power. But no one knew yet whether people were dosing themselves more or only stocking their bathroom shelves.

Sample post-Pearl Harbor sales increases :

> Sal Hepatica is up about 40%,...

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