False Fine Eyes
Medical Treatment, Amusement, Disease, Mental Illness, Gender
Discusses a Morning Post advertisement for 'Bella-Donna', a lotion for producing 'a brilliant Eye'. Warns that the lotion is made from 'Deadly Nightshade' and will 'cause paralysis of the iris' which, because it has been artificially opened by the lotion, will be exposed to too much light. Goes on to warn that 'The use of Belladonna by stupidity to give itself the appearance of animation is likely, therefore, to result in the addition of ocular blindness to the mental', and denying that the lotion produces a genuine gaze, urges fathers and brothers to dispose of any such lotion found in their houses.
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