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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1837
Volume 489, Preface 34   View pdf image (33K)
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No. 1, Bazaar, Harrison Street.


25 cents a Box.—Also in packages at $1; and family packages at $3—in
which last is a considerable savins: of expense. To be had wholesale and
retail at No. 30 LIGHT STREET.

These Pills are founded upon the only principle on which a Universal
Medicine can safely and sonscientiously be recommended to the world.
They are a corrector of that faulty state of the constitution out of which
arises most of the disorders incident to human life.—For instance, no person,
who preserves a healthy condition of the digestive organs can possibly be
afflicted with dyspepsia— and dyspepsia is itself the prevailing malady of
this country, besides that it is a cause of innumerable other diseases.

But this medicine being founded on that intimate connexion which exists
between diseases and the organs of digestion, it also becomes an active agent
and forms a necessary part in the treatment of all diseases, from whatever
causes they may spring. Now, this is a statement, the truth of which is
deeply interesting to society, and therefore merits the clearest explanation
it can have Moreover, it is a truth which forms the basis of " The family
Physician,"—"Dr. Ralph's System of Domestic Medicine,"—a volume
which has now become the guide of many thousand families, and which is
another reason for stating it in as clear a light as possible; fortunately also,
it admits of easy and convincing: explanation.

With regard to persons who advertise pills to cure all diseases—I do not
hesitate to say of such, and I appeal to the understanding of the reader for its
truth—that no set of men are deeper branded with the mark of infamy,
These persons are generally known by scrolling at Colleges and men of learn-
ing and experience. They also aim at ridiculing exery remedy even suck
as bleeding, although in many cases the omission of it for a single day
is certain death. It is true these people frequently get rich and boast, but
let it never be forgotten, their riches are obtaind with the blood of families
and they know it! I speak with earnestness, but I speak with truth and
much experience, and I feel I ought to be believed. And having thus pre-
sumed to claim the public confidence, the writer thinks it proper in this place
to make the following statement of himself.

He is an elderly Physician—a Graduate of Edinburg and a member of the
Royal College of Surgeons, London. He has also been a Lecturer on Mid-
wifery and diseases of women, &c. and is the author of a popular and well
received book upon Domestic Medicine. In addition too, besides an exten-
sive private practice of more than thirty years, he has been physician to
public intitutions, in which he had the experience afforded by a large amount
of suffering and disease.

Further, he has letters from the highest Medical Authorities in England
to the most eminent Physicians in America, which testify to his integrity and
professional advantages, and to these he can at any time appeal.—He does
not however deem this necessary, for in making an appeal, he would rather
do so to the good sense of the people of America, and he feels safe in the
protection and support which they will give him while he endeavours to
expose the infamy of those men who strive to bring into contempt the well
known and necessary means of saving life, under the trick word of "only
one disease," in order to sell their pills. Let me intreat the public there-
fore to believe, not only that there are many diseases which differ essenti-
ally one from another, but that the same medicine which is useful in one
disease is destructive in another; and that purging pills is one of these, as
in the case of inflamation of the bowels, it is one of those disorders in
which so many deaths have happened from Purging Pills. I have been called
to two cases of this kind within the last ten days. Purging, without other
means, is not only the worst thing that can be done, but in many cases is the
sole cause of it. JOSEPH RALPH, M. D.


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