Punch,  56 (1869), 21.

The Chemistry of Quack Hair-Washes



Letter, Spoof


Quackery, Adulteration, Chemistry, Domestic Economy

    Praises a recent letter in The Times entitled 'Poison for the Hair'. Explains that, using a simple chemical test, he recently analysed a bottle purporting to contain 'a restorative of the hair', and discovered that it contained 'sugar-of-lead' which causes 'painters' colic and palsy' when absorbed into the scalp and skin. Tells Mr Punch that he advises his readers to test hair restorers for similar poisons.

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