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Advert for the Family Doctor & People's Medical Advisor

Advert for the Family Doctor & People's Medical Advisor

Printer: Purkess, C

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Evan.8107

Item number: 8107

Genre: Leaflet

For the majority of people in the Victorian era, a visit from the doctor was prohibitively expensive and strictly an emergency procedure. Home cures were more common, some of them quite alarming. For instance, whooping cough was often treated by a visit to the local gasworks, their noxious fumes being thought to clear the lungs. Coughs and colds were a constant problem, with most medicines based on preparations of vinegar and onions.

Journals such as this would have offered advice on many conditions, and if readers collected all the parts they would have a manual containing suggestions for dealing with many common illnesses.

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