Small glass bottle of compressed Dover's powder tablets

1901-1930 in London
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

Small glass bottle of compressed Dover's powder tablets with tin screw top from a small steel medicine chest. 70 mm x 20 mm x 25 mm, 30g. Labels on the chest reveal it was created for travellers to tropic areas. White paper label with black type face reads, ' Burroughs, Wellcome & Co/ 'Tabloids'/ of compressed/Dover Powder/5 gr./ Pulv. Ipecac. Co.)/ Directions.- 1 to 3 'tabloids'/ may be taken with a little water on/ retiring, to break up a cold, or an as-/astringent and anodyne in dysentery/ persistant diarrhoea or cholera, and/ for the relief of pain./ Snowhill Buildings, London, E.C.' The word 'poison' is stamped over the label in red. The term tabloid' medicines in compressed and measured doses was invented by Sir Henry Wellcome as early as 1884. Dover powder's key ingredient opium led it to be used as a cure for cholera, diarrheoa and the common cold. The mixture is usually comprised of opium, ipecac. and potassium sulphate. It was commonly used through the 1960s.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A651296 Pt9
glass, half-full, opium and tin
Wellcome Trust