'The Travelling Quack', 1894.
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Cover of 'The Million' (4th August 1894), featuring an illustration by Harry Tuck, portraying a pharmacist peddling his wares from a soapbox in the street. The 19th century saw a profusion of quack doctors who travelled around selling a wide range of remedies which they claimed could cure all sorts of diseases and ailments. In practice, the majority of the preparations, which were often made up by the 'doctors' themselves, were completely ineffective and in some cases actually dangerous.