Two bottles of aspirin, phenacetin and codeine tablets

1910-1940 in Hounslow
Parke, Davis and Co.

Two amber glass bottles of aspirin, phenacetin and codeine tablets with bakelite lids. 86mm x 40 mm x 27 mm. Both bottles are labled with a cream printed label with black type face, ' 25/ Compressed tablets/ No. 726/ ASPIRIN/PHENACETIN/AND CODEINE/...Dose: 1 to 2 tablets/...Hounslow near London. One bottle is full of tablets which have become crystallised and weighs 81 g. The other bottle contains only 3 tablets, which are in better condition. Contents indicate the pills would have been used as pain relievers. Phenacetin was one of the first non-opiate analgestics on the market. Made by Parke, Davis and Co., Ltd., English, 1910-1940.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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bakelite, codeine, full, glass
controlled drug
Wellcome Trust

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