Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Possible Lovecraft "Arabian" Connection?

It's a bit of a stretch, but could young Howard imagined the ramifications of Arabian medicine and conjured up Abdul Alhazred?


Dr. Jesse Miller & Sons, Lyman G. and Bradford T., ... took over the company which was located at 8-12 High Street, becoming proprietors of the Soothing & Healing Balsam, the famous Arabian Balsam, and the popular Vegetable Expectorant.

The Arabian Balsam had been used as a stimulant expectorant and as a counterirritant in the relief of colds, and coughs or hoarseness due to colds. ...
In 1890, Ebenezer died and his sons took over the business. They moved to 350 Weybosset Street in 1893 and continued to sell patent medicines until Lavinia A. Marsh bought the company in 1926.

Oil of turpentine (Oleum Terebinthinae) is essentially "alpha-pinene", and oil of Thyme is "2-methyl-5-(1-methylethyl)phenol", for those of you who really like obscure trivia. :)

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