List of Quack Medicines, Family Nostrums &c

[ List of Quack Medicines, Family Nostrums &c ] Dr. William James Almon

Contributors
Contributor Role
Compiler
Contributor Name
Dr. William James Almon

Date: Late 18th century; exact date unknown.

Publication Format
Manuscript

Type
Medicine

Symptoms
sexual debility
nervous disorders
turor uterinus
strangury
madness
diseases of the skin
rheumatism
consumption
pain
coughing
bruises
gout
gonorrhea
scurvy
colic
death
wind in the stomach
obstructions
fever
plague
wounds
debility
blindness

Ingredients
brandy
cantharides
corrosive sublimate
almond milk
oil of sassafras
gum guaiacum
salt of tartar
salt
balsam of copaiba
wine
spirit of wine
camphor
mustard
terebinth
coltsfoot
oxymel of squills
mustard pills
balsam of folic
black resin
black pepper
gentian
orange peel
cardamom seed
calomel
sugar
lead
water
aloe
gum arabic
oil of aniseed
common caustic
lunar caustic
pimento
magnesia
peppermint
peppermint water
asafoetida
oil of rhodium
cream of tartar
salt of sorrel
vinegar
cloves
oil of cloves
steel
gold
silver
almonds
rose water
oil of almonds
oil of tartar
amber
oil of amber
turpentine
honey
folic lozenges
arsenic
yellow arsenic
lard
hogs lard

Places
Halifax
Nova Scotia

Source: Manuscript Notebook of Dr. William James Almon
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Source Origin: Almon Family Fonds | Reference: MG 1 / Microfilm Reel 10,045

Description

A chart of commercial medicines and medicinal ingredients detailing their composition, advertised effects, assessed efficacy, and purchase price, pp. 151-54.


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                                             List of Quack Medicines, Family Nostrums &c

Name

Composition

Advertized effects

&c Diseases in which

it is recommended

as infallible -

Real effects or effects

of imprudent

Administration

Sale price

inclusive

of Stamp

Per

1st Soloman’s Cordial Balm of Gilead

Tincture of Cantharides in Brandy

Sexual Debility

Nervous disorders &c

Turor Uterinus

Stranguary & Madness

“ 10  6

Bottle

2nd Gowland’s Lotion

Dickensons Solution of Corrosive Sublimate in Almond Milk

Diseases of the Skin

Madness

“ 8  6

Quart

[2] Vincent’s Lotion

The same as Gowland’s wt ye addition of Sal: Ammon

Scorbutic Eruptions

Madness

   

3 Walker’s Jesuits Drops

Saffron, Oil of Sassafras,Gum Guaiacum, Salt of Tartar,

Balsam of Copaiba, & Spt. of Wine

Certain Complaints

Aggravation of the Disease

“     2     9

¾ Bottle

4 Whitehead’s Essence of Mustard

Tincture of Camphor & Mustard in Ol: Terebinth

Lumbago Rheu-

-matism &c

Not [removable]

      2    9

¾ Bottle

5 Godbolt’s Vegetable Balsam

Oxymel of Squills

Consumptions

Protraction of Pain

1    1 “

Pint

6 Essence of Coltsfoot

Paregoric Elixir without a particle of Coltsfoot

Coughs and consumptions

The same wthe Paregoric of ye Shops

-    2 9

31 Bottle

7 Freeman’s Bathing Spirits

Tincture of Camphor

Bruises & c & c

Useful

..    2 9   

 

8 Patent Air  Pump Vapour Bath

-  - -   -

Rheumatism

Gout & c & c

Inefficacious

£20 to £30

each

9 Whitehead’s Essence of Mustard Pills

Balsam of Folic &

Black Resin

Rheumatism

Gout & c

Useless

-   2 9   -

Box

10 Rymers Cordial Tincture

Black pepper, Gentian, orange peel, Cardamon seed & Spirits of Wine

Nervous Disorders

Useless

-    2  9

 

11 Taylor’s Anti[venereal] pills

Calomel

Lues & c

Efficacious

but dangerous

-    2 9

Box

12 Royal Preventative

Sugar of Lead and Water

Prevention of Gonorrhoea

Inefficacious

1     1 -

Bottle

13 Mordant’s Antiscorbutic Drops

Solution of Corrosive Sublimate & Infusion of Gentian

Scurvy & c

Madness Colic

& death *

“  10  6

Bottle

   

*See the Trial of Ann Buterfield for the {...} of Mr. Sca[rin]

     

14 Anderson’s Pills

Aloes a little Gum Arabic & Oil of Aniseed

Cathartic

Efficacious

“  1  1 ½

Box

15 Tyces Preventative powder

Common Caustic

For preventing

Gonorrhoea & c

Dangerous &

Inefficacious

“   2 6

Paper

16 Walker’s Electuary

Lenitive Electuary & Cinnabar

For the cure of

Gonorrhoea

Harmless & useful

when properly

employed

“     2 9

Pol

17 Durable Ink

Solution of Lunar Caustic in Water

Marking Linen

Burning, but

Useful when

cautiously employed

-   1 6

 

18 Imperial Tincture

Tincture of Pimento

Nervous Disorders

Inefficacious

1   5 -

34 Bottles

19 Dalby’s Carminative

Magnesia, Peppermint water & a little assafotida

Wind in the stomach

Innocent & efficacious

-    2 9  

Bottle

20 Botts Tooth Powder

Chalk. Rose pink, [Orris]

Root a drop of the Oil of Rhodium

Cleaning and

Preserving the Teeth

Inefficacious

-    2 9

Box

21 Hooper’s Female Pills

Hiera Picra & Copperas

Obstructions & c & c

Profluvia

“   1 1 ½      

Box

22 Salt of Lemons

Equal parts of Cream of Tartar & Salt of Sorrel

For taking out stains of Port wine Saline making Saline [mysticals] & Punch

Useful

    1 ½

Box

23 Henry’s Aromatic Vinegar

The consentrated Vine =gar of the late London Pharmacopia with a small proportion of camphor and oil of cloves

Security against Infection and from Fevers and plague

Inefficacious

-   2 9

Bottle

24 Perkins Metallic Tractors

Steel with a minute pro=

portion of Silver, Gold or platina

Rheumatism

Gout & c

Variable but generally in=

efficacious

5    5 ..

Pair from

25 Milk of Rose

Oil of Almonds Rose water & Oil of Tartar

Diseases of the skin

Innocent

-    1 1 ½

31 Bottle

26 Haerlem Oil

Oils of Amber and Turpentine

Wound Debility &c

Diuresis &c

“     1 1 ½

¼ 3 Bottle

27 Hill’s Balsam of Honey

Honey Flowers of Benja= =min & Spts of Wine

Coughs and Consumptions

Inefficacious

“    2 9

3iy Bottle

28 Cundells improved Do

Do. with Folic Lozenges

Do

Do

     2 9

do

29 Singleton’s Eye Salve or Golden Ointment

Yellow Arsenic & Hogs Lard

Blindness & c

very dangerous

    2 9   

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