Morison's Pills, The Wonderful Power of the Pills exemplified showing the same person before and after having taken a dose.Sung by Mr Fitzwilliam Dedicated with profound Respect to all True disciples of Esculapios, more especially To the Royal College of Physicians by Pilula Rhubarbius M.D. Professor of Phlebotomy to the Royal Islington abattoirs.
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Rare lithograph, sheet 345 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). Creases, slight stain in centre.
Cover of a comic song based on the Universal Vegetable Pills manufactured by James Morison (1770-1840). Before & after images show the wonderous effect of the pills. Morison suffered from ill health in his youth and believed that bad humours had spread from his digestive tract throughout his body, and that the only certain cure was an all-vegetable remedy capable of purifying the blood and hence his entire system. Morison earnt a fortune (which he later lost) through his pills, but throughout his career would have nothing to do with chemists or druggists and sold his pills through other retailers. The dedication to the Royal College of Physicians is ironic, given the mutual suspicion between Morison and the medical profession at large.
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