Bottle of 100 anti-malarial pills, London, England, 1891-1940

1891-1950 in London

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Bottle of 100 gelatin anti-malarial pills by Parke, Davis & Company, London, 1891-1940

These anti-malarial pills were used by travellers or people living in areas where malaria was common. The pills contain quinine, a bitter tasting part of the bark of a cinchona tree, originally from South America but also cultivated in South Asia. From the early 1800s, quinine was used as a remedy against malaria. It was added to tonic water so the remedy was easier to swallow and today is still present in tonic water. It is still used to a limited degree as a medicine.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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cork, glass and paper (fibre product)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • drug
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