Tube of 'Penicillin Snuff', Liverpool, England, 1942-1943

Made:
1942-1943 in Liverpool
manufacturer:
Clay and Abraham Limited

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phial, labelled Penicillin Snuff, calcium salt in sterilised sulphathiazole, 5000 units, manufactured by Clay & Abraham Ltd.

‘Penicillin Snuff’ was a formulation of the antibiotic used to treat infections in the nose, throat and trachea (windpipe). It was also used to treat the common cold, although it is now known that antibiotics are not effective against such viruses.

The drug was formulated by Clay & Abraham Ltd, manufacturing chemists who in the previous century had also supplied Queen Victoria with medical treatments.

Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1964-458/10
type:
phial
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford

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