Powdered cinchona, Paris, France, 1820-1900

1820-1900 in Paris
Pierre Joseph Pelletier

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Sample of powdered cinchona, labelled "cinchonine", by Pelletier, French 1820-1900

The label on the bottle translates from French as “Produced by J. Pelletier”. In 1820, Pierre-Joseph Pelletier (1788–1842) and Joseph Caventou (1795-1877) discovered and isolated the compound in cinchona bark that made the bark so effective against malaria. They named the compound quinine. Since then improvements in production techniques have given us more effective quinine-based drugs against malaria.