Clear glass bottle, corked, containing original laboratory sample of "M and B 693" or sulphapyridine, small quantity of yellowish white powder produced by May and Baker of Dagenham, bottle inserted in black wooden mount, English, 1930-1938
M & B 693 was one of the first generation of sulphonamide antibiotics, pro-duced for the first time in 1938. The first chemical cure for pneumonia, it was hailed as a wonder drug. M & B 693 could also prevent the growth of the blood-poisoning bacteria in wounds and was used to protect against gan-grene. It could either be taken in tablet form or the powder could be placed in wounds. It was used so widely during the Second World War that May & Baker had difficulty keeping up with demand. It was later largely superseded by penicillin and sulphonamides.
- Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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- bottle, pharmacy (drugs), pharmacy (glassware), m and b 693, bottle, pharmacy (drugs), pharmacy (glassware), powder and sulphapyridine
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Phillips, M.A.
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