If it wasn’t for the guidance of the wonderful people at Hooper’s, we never would have known what a circular cushion was for!Dublin Medical Press

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The medical advancements of the past two centuries have been so broad and staggeringly huge that some would say poking fun at the advertisements in a medical journal from, say 1866, would be unfair and borderline churlish. We’d agree, but in the interests of recording medical history for posterity, understanding the health woes of our ancestors, and having a good laugh, we’re going to do it anyway.

We’ve searched through our collection of newspapers from 1710-1955, which contains over 7 million articles from Irish ‘papers. The following adverts are from one publication; the December 19 1866 issue of the Dublin Medical Press.

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

 

Good news for invalids and children! Edward’s patent cornucopia feeder can administer liquid food AND medicines, meaning you’ll never again struggle with taking a sip from a glass while lying on your back. The cornucopian feeder is available in plain glass, or in a range of jazzy colors.

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Can’t make it to the seaside? Have no fear! Simply fill your bath with Palmer’s Sea Salt and charge yourself too much for ice cream.

 

Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

 

We weren’t aware there was a hierarchy of cod liver oil, all we know is we’re never going back to pale brown Norwegian.

 

Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

More good news for invalids! If you’re incapacitated, you can still get drunk, as long as the wine is extremely delicate. This is a medical journal, remember, so as good as a doctor’s note.

 

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Ad appearing in Dublin Medical Press December 19 1866

Baron Liebig’s tincture of cauliflower was not as big a seller.


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