Puffs of the Period
Pharmaceuticals, Medical Treatment, Quackery, Commerce
Discusses a Morning Post advertisement for 'Milk of Cucumbers' (a tonic for 'rendering the skin fair') and 'American Pick-me-up Bitters'. Believes the former utlizes a similar process to that enunciated in Swift 1726—the cucumbers 'absorbing the solar rays' so as to prevent facial blemishes. Suggests a simple alternative to this treatment and speculates on the intended consumers of both products.
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