What is rheumatism? I found a Universal Liniment in Peterson's Magazine 1864, this was good "for rheumatism in the head", "for other complaints, the parts affected" get rubbed with the linement. I'm getting the impression rhuematism was general aches and pains of the body? The liniment consisted of egg, vinegar, turpentine, spirits of wine (gin? y/n?) and camphor.