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Apothecary Jars - Glass, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850121

Summary:
One of seven glass medicine jars from the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia circa 1900. Some jars contain traces of medicine. One jar nearly full of powder. 468.1 Salol, used as a sunscreen agent in creams and lotions; also used as a coating for pills and capsules; 468.2 Acid Gallic, for treatment of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis of bacterial origin; 468.3 Bismuth Subgallate dusting powder for eczema and similar skin diseases; 468.4 Mercurous Chloride (also known as calomel) for syphilis, constipation and skin disease; 468.5 Mercury with chalk for constipation in children; 468.6 Butyl-Chloral Hydrate, an analgesic and hypnotic; 468.7 Aromatic chalk and opium powder, for diarrhoea.
Description:
7 glass apothecary jars with round body, straight sides, sloping slightly outward toward neck and narrower to top. Jars have glass stoppers. Some jars contain traces of medicine.
Statement Of Significance:
Example of medications stocked in the pharmacy of mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 5.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, medicinals drugs, syphilis, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: SALOL; AC:GALLIC; BISM:SUBGAL; HYD:SUBCHL:; HYD.C.CRET:; BUTYL-CHLOR; PULV./ CRETA AROMAT/ET/OPIO.
Place & Date Used: Office of Psychiatric Services, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900

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