He made a great deal of money from his dubious cures, which were sought after among London’s high society. His most famous patients included King George II and Horace Walpole.
Ward was extremely generous with the fortune he made from his ‘medicines.’ He bought three houses in Pimlico and converted them into a hospital for his poor patients. Large crowds resorted to him daily, and it became the habit of many ladies of fashion to sit before his doors distributing his medicine to all comers.
He was however devoid of any medical learning, and his pill and drop remedies quite likely killed as many as they cured. Nonetheless, when the 1748 apothecaries act was introduced into parliament to restrain unlicensed persons from compounding medicines, a clause was inserted specially exempting Ward by name from the restrictions imposed.