Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

James Morrison’s vegetable cure

James Morrison (1770-1840) claimed his vegetable pills could cure any ill, stop any suffering, and even re-grow limbs. But even the most innocuous medicines may have serious side effects. This indeed happened to this dissatisfied patient, who complains that “them hinfernal vegetable pills have taken root in my nose. It was reddish before but now its carotty!” Clearly he did not heed the warnings featured on the television ads!

A carrot for a nose. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY

Winter 2020



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