Bottle of compound cerebral sedative, London, England,1891-1970

1871-1970 in London
Parke, Davis and Company Limited

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Bottle of compound cerebral sedative, by Parke,Davis and Co., English

A ‘cerebral sedative’ medication is contained in this glass bottle. It was manufactured by American firm Parke, Davis and Company in London. Adults were instructed to take ‘half to one fluid drachms’ diluted in water. This is equivalent to about a teaspoonful. The cerebral sedative was meant to calm the mind and relieve stress and anxiety. It acted upon the cerebellum. This part of the brain is responsible for motor skills and, to some extent, emotions. The sedative was typical of stress-relieving remedies sold ‘over the counter’ in chemists across the country during the 20th century.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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glass and metal
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • drug

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