CC pills

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kahroba, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. kahroba Senior Member

    Hi, everyone
    Could someone please tell me what ''CC'' stands for in the following context, taken from ''The Camera Eye 37'', in ''1919'' by John Dos Passos:
    Time: 1918
    Location: France
  2. liliput

    liliput Senior Member

    U.K. English
    They appear to be some kind of laxative. C.C. apparently stands for Compound Cathartic.

    C.C. Pills

    Extracti colocynthidis compositi ____ .08 gm.
    Hydrargyri chloridi mitis ___________ .06 gm.
    Cambogiae __________________________ .016 gm.
    Resinae jalapae _____________________ .02 gm.

    These compound cathartic pills were used to help with perfect bowel elimination, characteristic of this were dark, thick, green mucous stools.(158,p.8)
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    CC pills were a common remedy for pretty much any digestive ailment, and I believe they were common even in WWII.

    They were also used in treating alcoholism, for some reason, though I don't know when this practice was prevalent.

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