Medications in World War II

Last week I was a guest blogger on Redwood’s Medical Edge, a wonderful blog on medical topics for writers, posting a three-part series on medications in World War II.

In Part 1, I discussed general principles of medication use in the 1940s – generic/brand names, dosage forms, administration, and measurements – all very different than in 2011! Medications in World War II – Part 1

In Part 2, I described which medications were used to treat various illnesses – pain and fever; cough, cold, and allergy; gastrointestinal; endocrine and metabolic; dermatologic; respiratory; cardiovascular; and psychiatric. Medications in World War II – Part 2

Part 3 covered the new class of drugs that saved countless thousands of lives during the war – antibiotics. Medications in World War II – Part 3

All of this made me very thankful for the breadth and depth of medications available today!

2 Responses to “Medications in World War II”

  1. Carmen7351

    I’m amazed that so many of these drugs were available back then. Many are still used today. Thanks for the info. Was very interesting.

  2. Sarah Sundin

    Thanks, Carmen! There are quite a few we still use – and many we don’t for very good reason 🙂 What’s astounding to me is how many entire classes of drugs weren’t available back then. I’m very glad I’m not living back then with my nasty spring allergies for one!