Signs of the Times
New Monthly Magazine
Adulteration, Publishing, Medical Treatment, Public Health, Pollution, Quackery, Pharmaceuticals
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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