The beautiful and mysterious illustrations in medieval herbals convey a wealth of knowledge about the plants they portray.
The poor child’s nurse
Charming family scenes in Victorian ads for children’s medicines were at odds with some of the dangerous ingredients they contained.
Theriac: An ancient brand?
The name theriac survived for around for two millennia as a pharmaceutical term. But a ‘brand’ name is not always a guarantee of quality.
The chymist’s trade card
An 18th-century trade card reveals far more than its owner may have intended.
Graphic battles in pharmacy
James Morison’s campaign against the medical establishment inspired a wave of caricatures mocking his quack medicine.