No layman with an urge to suggest a new medicine felt any legal or moral restraint.
Besides this therapeutic toleration, there were other aspects of the medical scene which encouraged the would-be medicine maker.
The age of discovery had flooded Europe with new products from the entire world. By 1650 the medicinal garden at Oxford University, begun in 1623, was growing 600 native species and 1,000 plants brought from beyond the seas .
Medication in the 17th and I 8th centuries was certainly laissez- faire, the multitude of remedies justified in terms of speculative theory or presumed empirical experience.
It arose from a cosmic view that God or Nature had provided remedies for the Aments of mankind and had furnished clues to direct man in his search.