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Apothecary Jar - Potassium Permanganate, circa 1920 Object 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. Potassium permanganate is an S6 Scheduled Poison/Drug and a DG Class 5.1 Oxidising substance.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 210 mm (Height)

More information

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
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
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

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