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Leaflet - Drug, Novarsenobillon (Neoarsphenamine), May & Baker, 1945 Object Reg. No: SH 850482 3

Three page leaflet for drug Novarsenobillon (Neoarsphenamine), manufactured by May & Baker Ltd., Dagenham, England, 1945. Stocked in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia. Novarsenobillon was the trade name under which the drug was marketed by May & Baker, the active ingredient being neoarsphenamine. Neoarsphenamine was used in the treatment of syphilis. 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 Also known as Neosalvarsan, it superseded Salvarsan due to its lower toxicity.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.
Small paper leaflet folded in half with blue text entitled NOVARSENOBILLON. The first page describes Neoarsphenamine and its indications. The second page advises on administration, local application, dosage and deduced tolerance. The third page continues reduced tolerance and bears the May & Baker trademark symbol and company details. The back page is blank. Front page has a red stamp with the letters NAB diagonally from bottom left to top right.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.70 cm (Height), 8.80 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric services, pharmaceuticals, syphilis, hospitals, sexually transmitted diseases stds, drugs, diseases, 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: TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION/ TRADE MARK 'NOVARSENOBILLON' BRAND/ Neoarsphenamine/ "Novarsenoillon' brand of neoarsphenamine is/ chemically known as sodium 3 : 3' - diamino - 4 : 4' -/ dihydroxyarsenobenzene - N - methylenesulphoxylate,/ (text continues...)
Manufacturer: May & Baker Ltd, Dagenham, Essex, England, Great Britain, 1945
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1945
References: British pharmaceutical codex, 1963. London. Pharmaceutical Press

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