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'Extraordinary effects of Morison Vegetable Pills!', advertisement published London, England, 1834

The caption of this image describes the ‘Extraordinary Effects of Morison’s Vegetable Pills’, re-growing a man’s legs overnight. Morison’s Vegetable Pills were the brainchild of James Morison (1770-1840) and sold from 1825 onwards. Morison believed that all disease was caused by an impurity of the blood that could only be purged by his vegetable pills. The pills, a laxative based on a variety of herbs, including rhubarb and myrrh, were sold in chemists, grocers and even libraries. Morison believed that his pills could be taken in large doses but a number of deaths proved him wrong. Many labelled him a quack and his pills a poison. The print is by Charles Grant Jameson (active 1832-1850).

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1981-1747

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