Haemorrhoides, Hernia, Bad Teeth and Other Ailments

25 February 1720
RIDER’s Lozenges for the Heartburn:
Whereas several complaints have been made of some designing persons, who have presum’d to counterfeit Rider’s famous Lozenges for the Heart-burn, Hiccough, Sower Belching, Stranguary, and other Disetempers of the like Nature: Among which (imposers on the publick) one Mrs. Raw has sold, and now sells such counterfeit Lozenges. This is therefore to caution all persons to beware of them, for they are counterfeits, and dangerous. The only true and genuine Rider’s Lozenges, formerly sold at Barson’s Coffee-House, and since, for several years past, by my deceased Mother, Mrs. Garway, at my Shop, the Sign of the Practical Scheme, the South Entrance of the Royal-Exchange, over against Exchange-Alley, Cornhill, and at my House in Swithin’s-Alley; (where the Sun Fire-Office is kept) and likewise, by retale [sic], at Brown’s Coffee House in Cheapside, and no where else; at 6d. a paper; each paper being sealed with this coat of arms, viz. A Chevron between Three Half Moons; the Coat upon a Wreath; above, in Helmet, a Half Moon between two Wings: To prevent counterfeit.
          Made and Sold only by John Findar, at the Black Boy and Truss in Bartholomew Close, near West Smithfield, London. (London Journal)

18 September 1725
These are to inform the Female Sex,
That the gentlewoman at the golden ball on puddle dock hill, near the west end of St. Paul’s church, hath attain’d to a very certain, safe, and expeditious way of curing the many weaknesses and indispositions peculiar to those of her own sex, such as barrenness and miscarriage in married women, the green sickness in maids, and many other grievous illnesses that married women, widows and maids are subject to, too tedious here to relate.

On a little discourse with the patients, she judges of their cases and causes or illnesses, whether it be barrenness, which hath many known curable causes; the distinct knowledge of which she is mistress; several of which causes are little regarded, or not known to the patients, therefore thought incurable; or whether miscarriage, tho’ they have miscarried many times, both which she cures, through the blessing of God, by a very extraordinary method of exceeding safe and pleasant medicines, which on many years experience have been found absolutely effectual for a perfect cure on great numbers of Ladies and Gentlewomen of the best note in the kingdom, in all the above-mentioned indispositions peculiar to the sex. She is to be advised with at her house abovementioned, any day of the week. She also answers cases, stated in letters sent from the country, post paid. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

16 October 1725
THE Hemorrhoides or PILES of any kind, or in either sex, absolutely cured so as never to return again, by a pleasant Specifick Electuary, now recommended by the most celebrated physicians as the only certain medicine for that indisposition in the world; for in the sharpest pain, and most miserable torture, it gives surprizing relief, and almost miraculous ease; no sooner is it taken scarcely, but all manner of uneasiness vanishes, as if by inchantment, and the patient becomes as perfectly well and free from pain, as if no such malady had ever been; and this it not only accomplishes for the present in all persons whatsoever, but also by totally subduing all sharpness in the blood and juices, it certainly prevents any return of the piles for the future, so as entirely to cure that illness, and thereby prevent fistula’s and other direful consequences that cannot be too much dreaded, hundreds of men and women, who had for many years, more or less, been wretchedly afflicted with the piles, have, at once, been perfectly cured by this great remedy, to their no less joy and comfort than admiration: It is so safe, that a sucking child might take it without inconvenience, for it never occasions the least trouble or disorder, and is so very agreeable, as not to give any distaste to the nicest palate. Is sold only at Jacob’s Coffee-House, against the Angel and Crown Tavern in Threadneedle-street, behind the Royal-Exchange, at 5s a pot, with directions. [Mist’s Weekly Journal]

6 November 1725
THE pleasant ODORIFEROUS TINCTURE for the breath, teeth and gums, a few drops of which instantly make the most offensive breath smell incomparably fine and charming, and in a very short time perfectly cures, so that a disagreeable breath will never return; it certainly makes the blackest and most foul teeth extremely white, clean and beautiful at once using, infallibly preserves them from decaying, and those a little decayed from growing worse, absolutely cures the scurvy in the gums, tho’ never so inveterate, causing the flesh to grow up to the teeth again, when almost eaten quite away, and infallibly fastens loose teeth to admiration. In a word, for most delicately perfuming, and quickly curing an ill-scented breath, for immediately making the blackest teeth most excellently white, certainly fastening them when loose, effectually preserving them from rotting or decaying, and assuredly curing the scurvy in the gums, it has not its equal in the world. Is now sold only at Mr. Radford’s Toyshop, at the Rose and Crown against St. Clement’s Church-Yard in the Strand, near Arundel-Street end. Price 3s. 6d. a bottle, with directions. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

10 December 1726
Steel spring or jointed trusses for the help and cure of ruptures [i.e. hernia] for men, women and children in the navel, cog or groin. Belt trusses, made without iron on steel bow, the belt or girdle is with neats leather, silk or velvet, being very easy, with a spring good for all tender bodies, especially for the female sex, keeping up the rupture with more ease and certainty than any pretended new invention. Good for all travellers either by sea and land. Strait stockings, with other instruments to help the infirm, made and sold by GUY NUTT at the White Naked Boy in Westmoreland Court in Bartholomew Close. His wife helps those of her own Sex, being very skilful in the business. To be spoke with every day at his own house. [London Journal]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Haemorrhoides, Hernia, Bad Teeth and Other Ailments", 28 December 2001, updated 13 March 2007 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/hernia.htm>

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