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Medicine Bottle - Croton Oil, Duerdin & Sainsbury, circa 1860 Object Reg. No: SH 850613

Bottle of croton oil by Duerdin & Sainsbury, used in a pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1860. Croton oil was a particularly potent purgative administered to some patients as a form of chemical restraint.
Small, clear glass medicine bottle, labelled Duerdin & Sainsbury, Ol. crotonis. Long thin bottle with round base, straight sides, rounded shoulder, shortish, narrow neck with thick, protruding lip, corked. Bottle is full of amber-coloured oil. Bottle is empty and clean, oil removed by conservation.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.50 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: bottles, hospitals, psychiatric services, making history - psych services
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
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: OL.CROTONIS/DUERDIN & SAINSBURY/WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS/MELBOURNE - printed in blue on white on paper label on side of bottle.
Manufacturer: Duerdin & Sainsbury Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1860
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1860
References: Martindale. The extra pharmacopoeia, 26th ed. London. Pharmaceutical Press. 1972.

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