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Apothecary Jar - Dragon's Blood, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850502

Summary:
Clear glass jar containing Dragon's Blood used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.
Dragon's blood is a red resin prepared from fruits of climbing palms (Daemonorops draco). Used medicinally for the treatment of diarrhoea and severe syphilis.
Description:
Small, clear, glass apothecary's jar with circular, concave base, straight sides, rounded shoulder, fairly wide neck with slightly protruding rim and sealed with short, broad cork. Typed paper label on side "Dragon's blood" and recently added (1985.09.10) explanatory label on back. Bottle holds approximately 150mL of red powdered material. Drogn's blood could be from a number of sources, including the plant species croton, dracaena, daemonocrops, calamus rotang, pterocarpus or cinnabar (mercury sulfide). Possible DG 9
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: pharmaceuticals, psychiatric hospitals, syphilis, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: Dragon's Blood/ xs/lb i/oz, typed on paper label on side. An explanatory label on the back, added in 1985, explaining usage.
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Information on exhibit.

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