The Cordial Balm of Rakasiri – part 2

For part 1 of this article, click here. There’s also a transcript of an 1818 Rakasiri advert here. In 1828, a ‘nervous young man’ who had wasted more than 10l. on the Cordial Balm of Rakasiri went to a magistrate and succeeded in getting his money back. During the proceedings, …

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The Cordial Balm of Rakasiri – part 1

Source: The Morning Chronicle, Saturday 12 December 1818. For transcript, click here. On this site I include anything medical or surgical provided it was advertised, so not all the remedies were considered quackery in their time. Some were endorsed and prescribed by reputable doctors, and many were no worse than …

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Nelson's Mixture for Diseases of the Lungs

A MORE VALUABLE DISCOVERY was never made in Medicine than NELSON’S MIXTURE for DIS- EASES of the LUNGS.—Coughs the most inveterate, sleepless nights, wheezing, and shortness of breath, profuse spitting, pains in the chest, and spitting of blood, in short asthma and consumption is completely cured by it;  it lessens excessive …

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Salt Regal

THE COMING EPIDEMIC! THE COMING EPIDEMIC!! ———————————- SALT REGAL A PREVENTIVE AND SAFEGUARD!! EXTRACT FROM LONDON PRESS— TELEGRAMS FROM BERLIN AND VIENNA state “that the Epidemic of Influenza, which has been playing such havoc in Russia, has now spread to Germany and Austria, and will shortly make its appearance in …

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Dr Junod's Exhausting Apparatus

Important Notice to the Afflicted ALL Persons suffering from PARALYSIS, SPINAL AFFECTIONS, RHEUMATISM, NEURAL- GIA, ASTHMA, Pain in the Head, or all cases of INFLAM- MATION or CONGESTION, should at once try Mr G. W. Gedney’s VACUUM APPARATUS, by Dr. Junod, which has been practised with great success for upwards …

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Allcock's Porous Plasters

Source: The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, Sat 26 January 1895. To view this rather fine-looking gentleman in full technicolour glory, click this ad from the National Archives. Allcock’s Plasters had their origins in an invention patented in the US in 1845 by Horace Day and William Shecut. (Day was …

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The Modena Fossil

. This is perhaps the most bizarrely named product yet featured on this site. It is not surprising that it should be obscure to the modern observer, but in fact it made no sense to the denizens of the early 19th century either. . . ……………HEALTH ……….A MOST IMPORTANT DISCOVERY. …

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Derk P. Yonkerman's Tuberculozyne

Consumptives There is Hope for You! Derk P. Yonkerman, Specialist, discoverer of a remarkable Cure for Consumption. To every consumptive person there is  hope  of  life and health,   for,   incredible  as  it  may  seem,  a specific which cures Consumption has at last been found.    Seeking   year  after …

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Charles Forde's Bile Beans for Biliousness

While Bile Beans were initially pitched as a cure for biliousness, the influenza epidemic of 1899 was too good an opportunity to miss. Horrible though the ‘flu was, a lot of people would recover after a week or so anyway, and it was an easy matter for quacks to point to …

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Jackson's Asthmatic Candy

In Autumn 1800, the proprietors of this remedy, J. Barclay & Son, who had taken over the patent in the 1780s, found it necessary to change the name to Barclay’s Asthmatic Candy. According to them, the death of Mr Jackson had “afforded an opportunity for unprincipled persons to assume his name, to …

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