ampoules; controlled drug; morphine

Made:
1913

Cardboard box, opened, with folding lid containing 7 glass ampoules of morphine hydrochloride. Broken box. Box does not contain a file for de-capping the ampoule. The box is inscribed with the content and manufacturer details and a stamp 'feile im schachtel' meaning 'File in Box'. This item is believed to have been manufactured in Germany during the First World War and to have been issued for military use, though there is no label to prove this. Morphine hydrochloride is powerful analgesic narcotic but it also has central stimulant actions. The chief uses of morphine are for the relief of pain, the procuring of sleep where sleeplessness is due to pain, the arrest of haemorrhage, the supression of cough and the relief of anxiety and apprehension.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A653689
Materials:
box, cardboard, box, cotton wool and glass
type:
morphine
taxonomy:
  • drug
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Wellcome Trust