Blair's Gout and Rheumatic Pills

Blair's Gout and Rheumatic Pills

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Description
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For gout, rheumatism, lumbago and pains in the head or face
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
after 1882
1908-1918
maker
Prout and Harsant
H. Planten and Son
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
overall: 3.3 cm x 4.2 cm; 1 5/16 in x 1 5/8 in
overall: 1 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
MG.M-10413.51
catalog number
M-10413
accession number
246707
subject
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
G.E. Damon Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

I was pleased to find illustrations of Blair's Gout & Rheumatic Pills on this site. I am based in the UK and researching a book on an attempted murder and subsequent suicide in London that occurred in 1900. A professional man tried to kill his mistress and then immediately shot himself dead. Contemporary press reports of the coroner's inquest recorded that the would-be murderer had been depressed and irritable and "in the habit of taking overdoses of gout pills". The story was carried, inter alia, by the 'West London Reporter', issue of 10 March 1900. Near the report was an advertisement for 'The Great Remedy': Blair's Gout Pills for gout, rheumatism, sciatica, lumbago and neuralgia. The promotional text read: "Claims a superiority over all other gout and rheumatic medicines. They give relief from pain in a few hours and a speedy cure. Their action is so gentle (the composition being purely vegetable) that they may be taken by the most delicate persons." Price was one shilling and a three halfpennies or two shillings and nine pence a box. I'm not suggesting that Blair's Gout Pills were involved in the professional man's death. But addiction to such pills seemed to be a commonplace. I wonder if the 'pure vegetables' included cocaine? I'd love to know....

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