Box containing bottle of 'Tabloid' Stramonium Leaf, Australia,1939

Made:
1939 in Australia
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Box containing bottle of "Tabloid" Stramonium Leaf, dummy pack, with information leaflet, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1939

Stramonium was originally an African medicine used for fevers. It was introduced into clinical use by Philadelphia physician Samuel Cooper in the late 1700s. It mainly treated epilepsy and respiratory complaints. Stramonium became notorious in that period for being implicated in poisoning cases. In the 20th century, it was smoked in cigars to relieve asthma. It also treated Parkinson’s disease.

Manufacturer Burroughs Wellcome and Company claimed ‘Tabloid’ brand products were supplied ‘throughout the world to planters, ships, yachts, and all great exploring and hunting expeditions.’ This box and bottle are examples of dummy packaging. They were tested by the company before the product went on general sale.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
1989-94/10
Materials:
cardboard, cork, glass and paper
type:
drug
taxonomy:
  • drug
credit:
Wellcome Institute