The Brinkerhoff System

THE Brinkerhoff System -----OF----- RECTAL MEDICATION!! Piles, Fistulal Fissue , Polypsus, Pru- ritus, and Rectal Ulceration Permanently and Pain- lessly Cured. Rectal Ulceration is the most dangerous of all Rectal Maladies, owing to its undermining the system before its victims realize...

The Famous Montpellier Venereal Little Bolus

Source: The General Advertiser, 6 March 1744. Click here for transcript. I wonder if this advert looks familiar to regular readers. The writing style and capitalisation, and even the medicine's name, are reminiscent of Mr....

Laxora

Source: The Graphic, Sat 23 August 1879 Laxora was introduced to Britain by its French proprietor, P. Guyot, in 1877, and at once attracted positive attention from the medical press. It sounds a pleasant medicine...

Some remarkable cases of worms

This post departs from the usual because it's not directly related to an advertised remedy, and no one involved is out to make money from selling cures. While I was researching the Sugar Plums...

The Famous Little Sugar Plums

Source: The General Advertiser, 19 Jan 1748 . I mentioned the Purging Sugar Plumbs for Worms early in the life of this blog, but didn't include much beyond the ad itself, and I hardly had any...

Dr Young’s Rectal Dilators

Source: Detroit Medical Journal August 1905 As you can see, this ad is aimed at the medical profession, and the product was (and still is) accepted by orthodox practitioners as helpful for certain conditions –...

Homocea

Source: The Graphic (London) 13 October 1894 I haven't tried to transcribe this for obvious reasons, but I think it should be clear enough, and you can click to make it bigger. Some of the...

Ambition Pills

At first glance I thought this showed pictures of three men, but no - it's the same fellow, transformed from the seedy old roué on the left into a fine specimen of manly vigour,...

Atkinson's Registered Rectum Supporter

The pic is a bit small so I've transcribed the text anyway, but you can probably get the idea how this contraption was worn. The white circular bit in the centre of the picture was...

Dr Scott's Aperitive Vase

The Aperitive Vase, a cure for constipation, is somewhat coyly advertised here, but adverts from earlier in the 1840s left less to the imagination: The apparatus is a fountain in miniature, so small that when filled...