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Drug - Amyl Nitrite, Woolwich-Elliott Chemical Co. Pty. Ltd., Sydney, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850089

2 crushed glass vials within small metal tin. Stocked in the pharmacy at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital. Amyl Nitrite is a vasodilator (widens walls of blood vessels by relaxing the smooth muscle) traditionally used to treat heart diseases such as angina or cyanide poisoning. Also capable of inducing a short-lived state of euphoria on inhalation. Used in Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Administered by holding the ends of a vial between the thumb and forefinger of each hand (leaving the nylon wrapping intact) and snapping the glass capsule therein to inhale the vapour.
Small, hinged tin, lined with cotton wool containing 2 tiny knitted nylon sheaths lined with cotton padding. Inside are glass capsules (crushed) which contained amyl nitrite. Also inside tin is label (came off lid) from the Pharmacy, Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, for amyl nitrite.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital (Mental Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.00 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 5.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric services, psychiatric hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medicines, psychiatric institutions, medicinals drugs, drugs, 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: Label text (torn): KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN/ THE PHARMACY/ Amyl Nitrite/ Crushable glass Caps./ 3 minims/ For angina attacks/ PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, ROYAL PARK

Manufacturer: Woolwich Elliott Chemical Co Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Place & Date Used: Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital (Mental Asylum), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: information on exhibit.

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