http://youtu.be/PeFY2-KtD0w Much like a baby’s skull, The Art of Bleeding has a soft spot — spot in question being a fondness for of old safety educational films. Above is a prime parodic example in which catnip tidily substitutes for the bogeyman LSD. Odd fact: creator Jason Willis is actually one of the kids in the “Halloween […]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgpfmehW7iE Thanks, Skary Nurse, for reminding us about this video…. (From Wikipedia) Benway is the name of a character in many of William S. Burroughs’ novels, including Naked Lunch. Usually referred to as “Dr. Benway” or “Doc Benway,” (his first name is not revealed), he was used by the author to parody the medical profession […]
The exhibition “Health for Sale” currently at the Philadelphia Museum illustrates the story of commercial medicine through an intriguing collection of posters hawking nostrums, panaceas and health advice in a time before the FDA meddled in such things.There’s more than 50 pieces featuring alabaster skinned beauties seeking anemia cures, virile men donning electro-galvanic belts, families […]
Continuing our thread from the last post about the marketing of tranquilizers, we offer some snippets from “The Relaxed Wife”, a pharma-pushing film produced by Pfizer in 1957. “Of all the states across this nation, the happiest by far is the state of relaxation”
Regardless when the Rolling Stones offered their smirky musical comment on the subject, the reckless use of prescription meds to counteract suburban angst and ennui is hardly a thing of the past. Yet there’s a certain irreproducible naivete (or is that naked cynicism?) in some of these ads from back in the day. Better living through chemistry, indeed!