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Vincent J. Cirillo: Oil of Turpentine: Sheet Anchor of 19th Century Therapeutics

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Turpentine is known today only as a paint thinner. However, for much of the 19th century, its essential oil, oil of turpentine, was of great therapeutic value in the treatment of typhoid fever, intestinal worms, hospital gangrene, and myiasis.

On Tuesday December 22 at 7:00pm via Zoom, Vincent J. Cirillo, Ph.D., will present his research on this little-known (and somewhat gruesome) pharmacological history.  Dr. Cirillo is a founding member and past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and author of Bullets and Bacilli: The Spanish-American War and Military Medicine (Rutgers University Press, 2004) .

Registration is free. 

Information for the Zoom meeting will be sent to you after you register.


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