Test tubes containing chemicals isolated from the human brain, London, England, 1865-1871

1865-1871 in London
John Louis William Thudichum

Test tubes with original hand-written labels containing the first chemicals isolated from the human brain, prepared by J. L. W. Thudichum, St Thomas's Hospital, London, 1865-71. Choline platinochloride; lecithin cadmium chloride; phrenosine; kerasine; in perspex display case

These test tubes were prepared by J L W Thudichum at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, between 1865 and 1871. They contain the first chemicals to be isolated from the human brain and as such are icons of the earliest history of biochemistry. J L W Thudichum made a significant contribution to neurochemistry and the Biochemical Society awards a Thudichum Medal to those who have made outstanding contributions to neurochemistry and related subjects.


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acrylic, cork, glass, paper
test tube
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  • vessel
Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Biomedical Sciences

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