The Daily Advertiser 5 August 1735
The Quack Doctor | Pockey Warts, Buboes and Shankers:
As the old saying goes, ‘A night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury,’ and Dr Newman’s Anti-Venereal Pills were just one of a plethora of clap and pox remedies advertised in 18th-century newspapers. The relatively anonymous purchase of a pea-sized bolus offered the customer a level of secrecy, but that was by no means the only reason for preferring an advertised remedy over consulting a doctor at home.
As Dr. Mark Crislip says, “If you MUST buy quackery, you REALLY want to avoid companies whose only contact information is a P.O. box in a country you’ve never heard of…”