DR. JONATHAN MOORE'S ESSENCE OF LIFE - c1826 HANDBILL PATENT QUACK MEDICINE For Sale

DR. JONATHAN MOORE'S ESSENCE OF LIFE - c1826 HANDBILL PATENT QUACK MEDICINE


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DR. JONATHAN MOORE'S ESSENCE OF LIFE - c1826 HANDBILL PATENT QUACK MEDICINE:
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DR. JONATHAN MOORE'S ESSENCE OF LIFE - c1826 HANDBILL OR PACKAGE INSERT. THREE HORIZONTAL AND ONE VERTICAL FOLD, WHICH MAY INDICATE THAT IT WAS FOLDED IN THE PACKAGE. THE LATEST TESTIMONIAL IS DATED 1826. PATENT QUACK MEDICINE.

GARY G. SHATTUCK'S "GREEN MOUNTAIN OPIUM EATERS: A HISTORY OF EARLY ADDICTION IN VERMONT" CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ON PAGE 19:

"IN PUTNEY, DR. JONATHAN MOORE AGGRESIVELY CULTIVATED GREAT QUANTITIES OF OPIUM FROM HIS OWN GARDENS, BECOMING SO SUCCESSFUL THAT THE DRUG CONSTITUTED THE PRIMARY INGREDIENT IN HIS WIDELY ACCLAIMED DR. MOORE'S ESSENCE OF LIFE. AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE IN GENERAL STORES, BOOKSTORES AND EVEN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER OFFICE, MOORE'S ESSENCE RECEIVED NUMEROUS ENDORSEMENTS FROM IMPORTANT PEOPLE, INCLUDING ONE OF THE STATE'S FOUNDERS, U.S. SENATOR STEPHEN R. BRADLEY. HE STATED UNEQUIVICALLY THAT 'THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA WOULD RECEIVE GREAT BENEFIT IN A MORE GENERAL USE' OF THE PRODUCT...

WHILE MORE VIGOROUSLY TOUTED HIS CURE AS A REMEDY FOR VIRTUALLY ALL FORMS OF ILLNESS AND DESEASE, EVEN HE IMPLICITLY ACKNOWLEDGED ITS DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS. IN ADVERTISING, HE CAUTIONED CONSUMERS 'TO BEGIN WITH SMALL DOSES AND INCREASE AND INCREASE AS THE PATIENT MAY REQUIRE,' RECOMMENDING FORTY DROPS FOR AN ADULT, REPEATED EVERY TWO HOURS, TWENTY FOR AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND TEN FOR AN INFANT. WOODSTOCK'S JOSEPH GALLUP VIGOROUSLY DISAGREED ADN ATTACKED THE MEDICAL PROFESSION'S BLINDED DEVOTION TO USING OPIUM, CONDEMNING MOORE'S ESSENCE SPECIFICALLY AS AN INEFFECTUAL NOSTRUM, OR QUACK MEDICINE."

STEPHEN R. BRADLEY'S 1805 TESTIMONIAL IS ONE OF THOSE PRINTED ON THE HANDBILL.

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