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 COMPANY, DETROIT, MICH. Source: Sandusky Daily Register (Ohio) …

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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 for one John (or George) Robinson, who might well have bought the business in 1858 from …

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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 that his company had genuine surgical credentials, it had a terrible reputation among the medical …

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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  the  utmost  importance  to every  one  who  values  Health;  and  …

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Walker's Jesuits Drops

Robert Walker obtained the King’s Royal Letters Patent for his remedy in 1755, and on his death, surgeon Joseph Wessels took it over. The drops were still around, under the name Wessel’s Jesuit Drops as late as the 1870s. In 1843, the Medical Times published a note stating that the …

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Renovating Essence of Azilica

        I have absolutely no idea what was in this medicine, so instead of a witty and/or informative comment, here is a picture of a fellow epitomising health and manly vigour. The image is from the Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, published in Paris between 1886 and 1891, and is reproduced courtesy …

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Rees's Compound Essence

I decided against searching for a picture to go with this one… REES’S COMPOUND ESSENCE has proved in all cases the most safe and efficacious remedy ever discovered for the removal of strictures without the use of a bougie, as well as a speedy and certain cure for all discharges, …

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