Analysis of Antique Patent Medicines via 1H NMR and X-ray Fluorescence

Maurice, Shelby, Andrew Diefenbach, Danielle Garshott, Thomas Sanday, and Mark Benvenuto

A series of patent medicines and nostrums housed at the Henry Ford Museum have been analyzed by proton-NMR and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry in an effort to understand what their ingredients are.  All these medicines were produced a a time when ingredients did not have to be divulged, before the creation of the FDA.  Results and findings will be presented.