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ad lib.

I’ve been gone a long time, I know. Things have been nuts, and I wasn’t sure for a little while of the safety of my place in school, for various entirely non-academic reasons that were really pretty scary. As a result, my blogging kind of shut down, as I couldn’t find myself thinking positively or even able to think about it at all. Now, though, as the semester is coming to an end and I at least know I can stay where I am in nursing school, all I have to contribute is this ridiculous old advertisement.

Old Pepsi advertisementA ready, popular supply
To medical demand —

Pepsi-Cola when forced fluids are indicated.

In your fluid requirements taken by mouth,
Pepsi is pleasing and refreshing to the patient.
Pepsi-Cola is unexcelled in quality. Today’s
Pepsi, reduced in calories, is light, never too sweet.

Rx: Pepsi ad libitum

And I thought all those old Thorazine ads were something else, but this really takes the cake. I collect vintage ads, so I know that in the 1950s Thorazine was supposed to fix everything under the sun and was a great idea to give to the tempestuous older adult. But I had no idea that Pepsi was so wonderful for fluid volume depletion! I didn’t know it wasn’t too sweet, either, because my diabetic patients often complain about it! Pepsi is the answer to medical demand?! I’ve got to start talking to the places where I do my clinicals. Nobody uses this method! I wonder how they missed it?

Seriously, though, I have a wonderful vintage ad collection, and should really consider posting some of the medical ones more often just to look back on them. This one, though, really is the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen, which is why I was suddenly spurned to post it. It beats out all the former uses for Lysol, too.