Holloway’s Ointment was a popular ‘quack’ cure, first commercially available in 1837. It claimed to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments including gout, rheumatism, ulcers and sore breasts. The ointment’s inventor Thomas Holloway was an early pioneer of pharmaceutical advertising, and is even said to have tried to bribe Charles Dickens to include a reference to this ointment in one of his books.
FOR THE CURE OF / GOUT / AND / RHEUMATISM / / INVETERATE ULCERS. / SORE BREASTS / SORE HEADS. BAD LEGS & c. // 1/1/2,2/9,4/ 6,11/,22/,&33/, PR POT,
HOLLOWAY’S OINTMENT // MANUFACTURED ONLY BY THE PROPRIETER // NEVER DESPAIR / TRADE MARK // 533 OXFORD ST LONDON
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