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Advertisement for a patent medicine

Advertisement for a patent medicine

This poster advertised a patent medicine made by a Dunedin Chemist, Loasby's, in the 1890s. The medicine claimed to cure nervousness, exhaustion, indigestion, constipation and a sluggish liver. Such patent medicines were widespread in colonial New Zealand, and usually they included opium as one of their ingredients, and sometimes cannabis.

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Colonial drug-taking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013