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August 10, 2015



Funny, the "mucilage cure" episode isn't even mentioned in Masterson's definitive "Twentieth Century Adhesives."

Richard Mothpan

For a brief time in 1931, the distilled plants were thought by some to have restorative properties; hence the now-forgotten fad,“the mucilage cure” proffered by quack doctors to a gullible few with predictably hideous results. This sorry episode, long suppressed by powerful mucilage interests, is recounted in my monograph “Sticking With It: A Social History of Mucilage.” I’d appreciate your thoughts on my current subject of study: lanolin.

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