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Mercury was long considered to be the only effective remedy for venereal disease. Those who advocated the use of Mercury were not pleased by Mr. Swainson. You can read the booklet containing directions for use here, and The Internet Archive also has Mr. Swainson’s book: An account of cures by Velnos’ vegetable syrup, in disorders, deriving their origin or malignity from scorbutic impurities, or obstructions in the lymphatic system.Morison’s Pills were also a source of ire and derision, as was James Morison himself. Morison made and sold Hygeian Vegetable Universal Medicine, and promoted an overarching medical theory in which all diseases originated from impurities in the blood. Morison waged war with physicians, and he was quite successful. He also managed to wriggle out of manslaughter charges when his agents prescribed absurd doses to patients:
…the pills were laxatives and could be fatal if taken in the large quantities often recommended. In 1836, John MacKenzie, aged 32, was administered 1,000 pills over 20 days by one of Morison’s agents, and died. In 1837, 12 deaths caused by excessive doses of Morison’s pills were investigated in York. One witness testified to taking 20,000 pills over a two-year period. Cases against Morison continued until 1839, but he escaped punishment as his agents bore the brunt of the accusations.
You can read more about Morison, and see much more artwork on both sides of the vegetable controversy here.