A.B.C. Liniment

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A.B.C. Liniment is a very old rubbing mixture or liniment. It was used for a long period of time (1880-1935 minimum[1][2]) as a way of relieving pain caused by lumbago (lower back pain), sciatica, neuralgia, rheumatism, stiffness after exercise and other conditions. It was made from Aconite, Belladonna and Chloroform leading to its name.[1]

However, there have been numerous examples of poisoning from the mixture, resulting in at least one death.[3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Everybody's Family Doctor. London, UK: Odhams Press LTD. 1935. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Cross, John (March 13, 1880). "Letters, Notes, and Answers to Correspondents". Br Med J. 1 (1002): 424–426. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.1002.424. PMC 2239646. 
  3. ^ Sinha, R P.; Mitra, S K.; Roy, P K. (1967-03-16). "Liniment A.B.C. poisoning". Journal of the Indian Medical Association. 48 (6): 278–9. PMID 6038536. 
  4. ^ Weir, Archibald (February 15, 1896). "Fatal Case Of Poisoning By A.B.C. Liniment". The British Medical Journal 1 (1833): 399–400. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.435.399-a. 
  5. ^ Fisher, O D. (November 1954). "Accidental Poisoning of Children in Belfast: A Report of two years' experience at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children". Ulster Med J. 23 (2): 124–131. PMC 2480209. PMID 20476409. 
  6. ^ Swinscow, Douglas (February 1953). "Accidental Poisoning of Young Children". Arch Dis Child. 28 (137): 26–29. doi:10.1136/adc.28.137.26. PMC 1988641. PMID 13031693.