Glass bottle with plastic cap for 40 blue 'Sodium Amytal' (amobarbital) 'pulvules', with approximately 25 capsules remaining. 82 mm x 42 mm x 24 mm, .07kg. Made by Eli Lilly & Co., English, 1960-1970.
Sodium amytal is a strong sedative drug that is sometimes used to treat severe insomnia in patients who are already taking barbiturates – often for mental health problems.
It is a drug with a controversial history. It was used in the Second World War by some medics to send soldiers who were exhausted and traumatised by their experiences into a deep therapeutic sleep. However, it has also been described as a ‘truth serum’ and used during interrogations. Once a sedated, hypnotic state is induced, the subject is said to be more suggestible and less able to retain information they may wish to keep secret.
- Materia Medica & Pharmacology
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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overall (standing upright): 82 mm x 45 mm x 25 mm, .068 kg
- controlled drug
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Wellcome Trust