“”An authentick narrative of the success of tar-water, in curing a great number and variety of distempers: with remarks and occasional papers relative to the subject: to which are subjoined, two letters from the author of Siris, shewing the medicinal properties of tar-water, and the best manner of making it.
|—Thomas Prior, 1746|
By all accounts it was foul-tasting and of course entirely ineffective, so it died out, but enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 18th and 19th centuries; it was heavily promoted by Bishop Berkeley, notably in his book Siris (1744).
It is mentioned in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: young Pip and his brother-in-law Joe were often force fed it by Mrs. Joe.
- ↑ https://archive.org/details/authenticknarrat00prio
- ↑ Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions, Oliver Wendell Holmes.