This article is from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica. Medical science has made many leaps forward since it has been written. This is not a site for medical advice, when you need information on a medical condition, consult a professional instead.
NOSTRUM (neuter of Lat. nosier, our), the name given to preparations of which the ingredients are not made publicly known, a patent or "quack" medicine; it is taken from the label ("of our own make") formerly attached to such medicines.
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