Old-time remedies focus of genealogical society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Following the business meeting, member Steve Torda will present a program entitled, “With old time remedies the cure was sometimes worse than the disease.”   

Torda said the program will “explore how our ancestors and their physicians treated afflictions and disease prior to the development of modern medicine and acceptable safe medical treatment.”

Torda will discuss remedies that claimed to “cure hysteria and all diseases of the brain” such as Uncle John’s Pure Sassafras Brain Tonic, which claimed that there was no danger in its use.

Torda is a pharmacist at K-Mart in Waynesville.

For more information call Mary Harrah at 828.627.9828 and leave a message. Your call will be returned if requested.

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