Philadelphia: J. Maxwell, Printer, 1825. 11. Swaim, William. A Treatise on Swaim's Panacea: Being a Recent Discovery for the Cure of Scrofula or King's Evil, Mercurial Disease, Deep-Seated Syphilis, Rheumatism, and All Disorders Arising from a Contaminated and impure state of the Blood; with Cases Illustrating its Success. Philadelphia: J. Maxwell, Printer, 1825. $ 250.00
Tall 12mo. 190 x 110 mm., (7 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). [i -xix], 20 - 161 pp. Contemporary calf-backed marbled paper boards and tips; some light foxing throughout. With a small printed notice pasted on front pastedown, "William Swaim has move from No. 13, Ninth Street, to 221 Chestnut Street, between Seventh and Eighth Street, near Masonic Hall, Philadelphia". Very good copy.
Treatise on Syphilis, with some information on the remedies, but mostly testimonials to the curative power of Swain’s potion. “The ‘Panacea’ as a ‘purifier of the blood’ had no ‘parallel. It was ‘the most useful spring and autumn alterative ever known.’ It was commended to all who were affected with ‘scrofula or King’s evil, scurvy, eruptions of the skin or any of these distressing diseases arising from impurity of the blood, also those who suffer from diseased liver or dyspeptic complaints, of from indiscretion of their youth, or those whose constitutions are broken down by mercurial, antimonial or arsenical medicines.” Swaim’s remedy was a swindle but one that made him rich and famous in Philadelphia and beyond.
American Imprints 22406. NUC cites editions with various pagination printed in 1822, 1824, 1825, and 1828, all with fewer than four locations. Of the 1825 edition OCLC cites only 2 copies, at the American Antiquarian Society and the British Library. See John E. Kramer, The First Century of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, 1821-1921, Philadelphia, 1922, pp. 73-74. Item #391