Many caricatures were published during the 1830s ridiculing James Morison’s ‘Universal Pills’, including this example by an unknown artist in which a man has sprouted a carrot for a nose after taking one too many.
The Universal Pills found success following an intensive publicity campaign promoting the superiority of vegetable-based medicines over the chemical and mercury-based medicines recommended by the medical profession.
The Hygeian theory of medice, which Morison famously followed, claimed that all diseases originated from impurities in the blood. His Universal Pills allegedly purified the blood, therefore curing all medical conditions. High doses were recommended for effective treatment, but this resulted in several deaths and numerous court cases brought against Morison.