The following is a notice taken from Aris’s Birmingham Gazette of October 5, 1801, when Birmingham was a rapidly growing Georgian town. It is interesting to note that Dr. Dunn claims his botanical approach to be successful where ‘other remedies have been tried in vain’. The mention of ‘gravel’ refers to kidney stones, ‘King’s Evil’ was scrofula, a glandular disease and ‘secret disorder’ most likely refers to venereal disease. It is a shame there is not more detail on what vegetation he prescribes – at least not without providing a sample of wee!
Dr. Dunn, by having many years experience in prescribing REMEDIES for some thousands of people afflicted with the most obstinate and painful DISORDERS, can, with great satisfaction to himself, assure the Public that he has performed many WONDERFUL CURES by Herbs and Vegetable substances only, after all other remedies have been tried in vain; and as his former success has by no means deserted him, those whom he undertakes to cure may be assured of receiving immediate benefit, which will terminate in perfect cure.
He cures all Disorders in the eyes and deafness of many years standing; also pains and giddiness of the head; convulsions, and all other kinds of fits and nervous complaints; likewise windy and all other disorders in the stomach and the bowels; and is astonishingly successful in curing asthma, coughs and consumptions; also the dropsy, leprosy, scurvy, rheumatism and gravel; white swellings, cancers, King’s Evil, wens and fistulas without cutting; likewise piles and ruptures, scald heads and ulcers. He cures debility, or impotency, and all disorders of the genital system; and cures a secret disorder in all its stages without restraint of diet or hindrance of business &c. and as he highly esteems public approbation above the sordid motives of pecuniary emoluments, it is not to be expected that he will undertake to cure any person whom he judges incurable.
Persons applying personally, or sending a statement of the case with their morning urine, may have his advice every day in the week, from nine in the morning until nine at night, at John Fordes’s, Seedsman, No. 26, High Street, opposite New Street, Birmingham.