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Packet - Drug, Evarsan (Neoarsphenamine), Evans Medical Supplies Ltd., Liverpool & London, 1948 Object Reg. No: SH 850527 2

Packet for drug Evarsan, trade name for neoarsphenamine manufactured at the Evans Biological Institute in England, 1948. Stocked in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria. Neoarsphenamine was used in the treatment of syphilis and especially neurosyphilis. Tertiary syphilis was a common cause for mental health conditions. Also known as Neosalvarsan, it superseded Salvarsan due to its lower toxicity. Both arsenicals still carried significant risk of side-effects and were themselves replaced by penicillin in the 1940s. Prior to the use of arsphenamine and neoarsphenamine, syphilis was treated with the malarial fever cure developed by Austrian psychiatrist Julius Wagner-Jauregg.
Cardboard packaging for vial of Evarsan. Packet is cardboard with black printed text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1.80 cm (Height), 1.80 cm (Width), 8.30 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric services, pharmaceuticals, syphilis, medicines, hospitals, psychiatric institutions, medicinals drugs, drugs, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Psychiatric Services Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: Text: EVANS/ EVARSAN 0.6 grm./ Regd. trade mark Gt. B brand/ (Neoarsphenamine B.P. Evans)/ Sodium 3;3'-diamino 4.4'-dihydroxyarsenobenzene N-methylenesulphoxylate
Manufacturer: Evans Medical Supplies Ltd., Liverpool and London, England, Great Britain, 1948
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1948

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