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Apothecary Jar - Zinc Sulphate, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: SH 923116

Alternative Name(s): Sulphate of Zinc

Clear apothecary jar containing zinc sulphate used in the pharmacy at a mental health hospital, Mayday Hills, in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920. Zinc sulphate was used internally to induce vomiting and externally as an astringent lotion for ulcers. It was also used in the treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases into the 20th century.
Cylindrical glass jar with ground glass stopper and painted label in metallic and black inks. Contains a small amount of [zinc sulphate] in the form of small white flakes. Zinc sulphate is an S6 Scheduled Poison/Drug and a DG Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Good.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mayday Hills Hospital
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 167 mm (Height), 58 mm (Width), 58 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: dentistry, mental health, mental health institutions, pharmaceuticals, psychiatric hospitals, sexually transmitted diseases stds, 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: Printed labels front c., black ink on metallic band: ZINC. SULPH.
Place & Date Used: Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920

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