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Apothecary Jar - Potassium Permanganate, circa 1920 Reg. No: SH 850600
- Green apthecary jar containing potassium permanganate used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1920. A solution of potassium permanganate was used for its antibacterial properties. Examples of use include - cleansing ulcers, mouthwash, vaginal irrigation, urethral irrigation, wet dressings and in baths for the treatment of eczema.
Potassium permanganate was formerly known as permanganate of potash or Condy's crystals.
- Small, green glass apothecary's jar with round, concave base, straight sides hemispherical shoulder, thin, shortish neck and slightly protruding rim. Has plain glass stopper (stuck in jar) with oblong top. Has yellow label, printed in black, for liquor of potassium permanganate. Jar stained iridescent brown.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||210 mm (Height)|
|Tagged with:||antibiotics, 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|
|Inscriptions:||LIQ. POTASS. PERMANG printed in black on yellow on paper label on side of jar. mark embossed on base.|
|Place & Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1920|
|References:||Martindale. The extra pharmacopoeia, 26th ed. London. Pharmaceutical Press. 1972|