Brown glass bottle of phosphorus, zinc and strychnine pills, London, England, 1920-1940

Made:
1920-1940 in London
maker:
Parke, Davis and Company Limited

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Bottle of phosphorus, zinc and strychnine pills, by Parke, Davis and Co., London, 1920-1940. Whole object on red
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Brown glass bottle of phosphorus, zinc and strychnine pills, by Parke, Davis and Co., London, 1920-1940

Not much is known about why someone would take these pills. Strychnine is a stimulant for the central nervous system and may have been used to treat nerve disorders. High doses of this plant extract are poisonous. The pills are coated with gelatine so they are easy to swallow.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A627783
Materials:
colour, cork and glass
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel

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