Clear glass bottle, containing "anti-hysteria water" made at the Carthusian Monastery, Certosa, near Florence, Italian, 1850-1920
‘Anti-hysteria water’ is contained in this moulded glass bottle. It was produced by the pharmacy of the Carthusian Monastery, near Florence in Italy. The water was taken with a cup of coffee with a third of a cup of water and a little sugar. This created ‘an aromatic drink that calms nervous excitation.’ Monasteries often produced such simple remedies and cures for general sale. In the 1800s, hysteria was a broad diagnosis applied to women with ‘nervous’ conditions.
- Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Carthusian Monastery
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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