Bottle of Salvarsan treatment for syphilis, London, England, 1909-1914

1909-1914 in London
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Bottle of Salvarsan manufactured by Burroughs Wellcome & Company with dummy packaging labelled 'Kharsivan', London, England, 1909-1914

Salvarsan was a synthetic drug produced to treat the STI syphilis. The drug was developed by Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915), a German medical scientist and his team in 1909 after three years of research.

German manufacturers had the monopoly on producing this wonder drug. With the outbreak of the First World War, British companies had to develop manufacturing techniques to supply the demand for Salvarsan. The only company with the capability to do so was Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. They produced Salvarsan under the brand name ‘Kharsivan’ from 1914 onwards.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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cardboard, glass, metal and paper
syphilis treatment
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