Story: Medicines and remedies

Cartoon about free medicine, 1948

Cartoon about free medicine, 1948

This is cartoonist Gordon Minhinnick's humorous commentary on the changes brought about by the introduction of free medical care and medicines in 1941. The old shaving cabinet has been transformed into an almost floor-to-ceiling cupboard full of different medicines and remedies.

Cartoon courtesy of the New Zealand Herald

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-311-1-025
Cartoon by Gordon Edward George Minhinnick

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Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, 'Medicines and remedies - Prescription medicines, 1940s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/28228/cartoon-about-free-medicine-1948 (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Pauline Norris and Rosemary Beresford, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 May 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020