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Apothecary Jar - Lithage, circa 1900 Reg. No: SH 850313
- Clear apothecary jar containing lithage used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Litharge (lead monoxide) was used in preparation of diachylon plaster. This was used for the treatment of corns, chronic leg ulcers and varicose veins. It was also used to induce abortions. Toxic.
- Small, clear glass apothecary's jar has round base, straight sides, rounded shoulder, broad neck, slightly wider at top and thin, protruding rim. Has glass stopper. Paper label - Litharge - on side. Jar contains remnants of orange powder.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||15.50 cm (Height), 6.50 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||lead, pharmaceuticals, psychiatric services, women s issues|
|Themes this item is part of:||Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MEDICINE & HEALTH|
|Secondary Classification:||Mental Health - Pharmacy|
|Inscriptions:||Litharge written in pencil(faded) on paper label on side of jar.|
|Place & Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1900|
|References:||Martindale. The extra pharmacopoeia, 26th ed. London. Pharmaceutical Press. 1972.|