I know that back in the ‘olden days’ medicines were mostly in salve, poultice, or liquid form…being that medicines were originally herbal and such in nature. Who decided to reduce these chemicals and herbs to powdery form and shape them into a tablet for swallowing? And also, how was that received?
It seems to me that a) it would seem like a miracle, no mess no taste, no odor, easy storage but also b) the public wouldn’t buy it, and by buy it I mean, believe that it actually worked.
I’ve seen ‘antique’ diet pills that were actually packaged tapeworms, but I don’t feel like that counts. I’m talking about white chalky pills, since I assume that’s what was first.