Medical snippets #13: It must be my pills

‘Mris Kidderminster, living near the Market-house in Shrewsbury, was desperately diseased with griping in the Guts, the Stone, shortness of Breath, the Scurvy, intolerable gnawing pains in her Stomack, and many other distempers, whereby she was brought so extreme weak, that her death was expected every hour; and being in this condition she was told, that if any thing saved her life, it must be my Pills; which she little minded, as judging her self past help, however was perswaded to take four of them, when in all appearance she was even at the Gates of Death: Those four Pills wrought gently with her, by the way of Vomit twice, and after gave several Stools: When their operation or working was over, she found her self much eased, and the next morning was pretty well able to rise without help, which she could not do in a long time before: And whereas before she was not able to go two yards without being led, she was now (within a very few days) by four or five times taking my Pills, able to walk forth, and was perfectly cured, she being at the same time above seventy five years of age.’

M. Bromfield, A brief discovery of the true causes, symptoms and effects of that most reigning disease the scurvie. Together with the causes, symptoms and effects of several other dangerous diseases. Whereunto is added a short account of those incomparable and most highly approved diaphoretique, diuretique and cathartique pills, called pilulæ in omnes morbos; or, pills against all diseases. Which are the only famous medicine of this age against the above-named distemper, and all other curable diseases (1673)

Balliol College Library shelfmark: 905 e 3 (5)