Noun(1) hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists(2) patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
(1) This sounds like the pitch for a nineteenth-century patent medical nostrum .(2) The trial has cost the Italian health service $5 million and no credibility remains in this anticancer nostrum .(3) All that means is that he is susceptible to every reactionary nostrum floated by right-wing thinktanks.(4) The fashionable City nostrum that you can have a single market without any social dimension is simply delusion.(5) His paternal grandfather made a fortune in the States with a nostrum called Brandreth's Pills, which still exist.(6) Among other things, when the economy spirals out of control both parties' remedies tend to be politically shortsighted nostrums that invariably make things worse, not better.(7) As to their nostrums and remedies: ├ö├ç├┐Virtually everything that was supposed to make things better made things worse,├ö├ç├û he says.(8) But it neatly charts the changes in medical orthodoxy, not least since 1986, when a scathing British Medical Association report was still portraying alternative therapies as daffy nostrums peddled by quacks.(9) Those other ingredients listed are deadly poisons, but bear in mind that they're not really there; just the ├ö├ç├┐vibrations├ö├ç├û remain, as with all homeopathic nostrums .(10) Fraudulent doctors and sellers of nostrums have hawked their wares throughout the world since earliest times.(11) When his own nostrums failed to effect a cure, William Griggs, a doctor called to examine the girls, suggested that the girls' problems might have a supernatural origin.(12) The discourse coheres an apparently unrelated array of policy nostrums .(13) Rather than rise to the challenge, the trend in intellectual circles has been to adapt to the prevailing rightward shift that has seen the repudiation of all the old nostrums of social reform.(14) To coax a tulip to break, early growers used a variety of entirely useless nostrums , including plaster from old walls, pigeon dung, or water from dung hills.(15) The traditional strategic nostrums of the past represent an inadequate response to our current range of problems.(16) It is even less respectable when the economic nostrums proposed are no longer (after many intellectual and practical failures) presented as part of scientific economics but are frankly described as political economy.
1. medicine ::
2. magic formula ::
3. catholicon ::
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