Gordon’s Vital Sexualine Restorative

STRENGTH, VITALITY, MANHOOD. ­A Valuable Treatise on Nervous Exhaustion, Loss of Strength, Mental Depression, Exhausted Vitality, and all special diseases and weaknesses of man; their causes, and means of cure. This book not only contains valuable...

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....

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...

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...

Swaim's Panacea – part 2

For part 1 about Swaim's Panacea, click here. Within a few years of establishing his products, William Swaim was enjoying the benefits of endorsements from some of Philadelphia's most eminent physicians, including Nathaniel Chapman, William...

Swaim's Panacea – part 1

SWAIM'S PANACEA.—This Medicine has acquired a very extensive and established celebrity in Europe and America, and its virtues are known and acknowledged by many of the most respectable physicians of both countries. As an alterative, and in various...

Pigeon Milk, the Gentleman's Friend

. PIGEON MILK THE GENTLEMAN'S FRIEND Fits vest pocket (no liquid). Does not stain. Stricture impossible. Cures Gonorrhea and Gleet in 1 to 4 days. A safe, sure cure. Mailed (sealed) to any address for $1. Ask druggists or write, RUST MEDICAL...

The Guttae Vitae, or Vegetable Life Drops

Although no proprietor is shown in the following advertisement, the Vegetable Life Drops were one of several cures touted under the name Dr Walter De Roos. De Roos was an enigmatic character and the name was purported to be an alias...

Goss & Co.

According to a correspondent of the Monthly Gazette of Health (vol 5 1825), the proprietor of Goss & Co was a former shop assistant going by the unlikely name of Mr Crucifix. While Mr Crucifix insisted...

York Medicinal Soap

 The one and only benefit of this product was that it made guys wash ...                                     BY   ROYAL  AUTHORITY GENERAL SAFETY, or YORK MEDI- CINAL  SOAP,   an    infallible    Prevention   against Venereal  Infection;  a  Preparation,  though  simple,  yet  so efficacious,  as  to  render  it  of ...