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Advert for tuna medicine

Advert for tuna medicine

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Evan.6985

Item number: 6985

Genre: Leaflet

Not everyone in Victorian Britain could afford to go to doctors, and even among those who could there was a significant minority who just did not trust them. As a result, there was a vast trade in non-prescription medicines and drugs, which could be bought from chemists, apothecaries, 'quacks' (unregistered and usually untrained doctors) and even street vendors. Many of these drugs claimed to cure a variety of illnesses. This advert for tuna medicine is a case in point. While it notes that "tuna will not cure every ailment", it does claim that it will "give prompt relief to rheumatism and gout".

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