Original preparation of quinine by Pelletier and Caveton

Made:
1820 in France
maker:
Pierre Joseph Pelletier
and
Jean Bienaime Caventou
Original preparation of quinine by Pelletier and Caveton (bottle) Original preparation of quinine by Pelletier and Caveton (bottle)

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Original preparation of quinine by Pelletier and Caveton, 1820

In 1820, Pierre Joseph Pelletier (1788-1842), a French chemist, and Joseph Caventou (1795-1877), a French pharmacist, isolated quinine and extracted it from cinchona bark. Cinchona had long been used to treat fevers, most notably malaria. Quinine is what makes the bark so effective as a treatment for the disease. This preparation was made by Pelletier and Caventou and was collected by Captain Peter Johnston-Saint, one of Henry Wellcome’s agents, in 1934. It is shown here with similar examples (A182555 and A182556).

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A182561
Materials:
bottle, glass and cover, plastic
Measurements:
overall: 144.5 mm 25 mm, .06 kg
type:
bottle
credit:
Behal