Mirror of Literature,  12 (1828), 61–62.

Signs of the Times



Extract, Miscellaneous

Publications extracted:

New Monthly Magazine


Adulteration, Publishing, Medical Treatment, Public Health, Pollution, Quackery, Pharmaceuticals

People mentioned:

Friedrich C Accum

    Begins: 'Caveat Emptor! This is the age of fraud, imposture, substitution, transmutation, adulteration, abomination, contamination, and many others of the same sinister ending, always excepting purification'. Relates the 'increase of bilious and dyspeptic patients', 'the number of new books upon stomach complaints', and 'the rapid fortunes made by practitioners who undertake [...] to cure indigestion' to adulteration. (61) Also observes that 'even the water supplied to us by our companies is any thing rather than the real Simon Pure it professes to be', and 'our quack doctors implore us to beware of spurious articles' (62).

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