john ching worm lozenges, 1800

john ching, chemist & apothecary, london

worm lozenges, prepared by the inventor & patentee

ingredients: panacea of mercury, white sugar, saffron, spring water (evening dose contains jalap)


advertisement circa early 1800s

advertisement circa early 1800s

advertising coin  "the best medicine in the world. i ching patentee for worm lozenges, sold in boxes at 3/6 packets 1' and in small packets at 6" each"  "by every principal medicine vender in the kingdom"

advertising coin

"the best medicine in the world. i ching patentee for worm lozenges, sold in boxes at 3/6 packets 1' and in small packets at 6" each"

"by every principal medicine vender in the kingdom"

peeling skin, a symptom of mercury poisoning, especially in children

peeling skin, a symptom of mercury poisoning, especially in children