Glass bottle of Livingstone Rousers, by Burroughs Wellcome, 1880-1900
‘Livingstone Rousers’ are named after the man who invented them – the famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873). Exploring Africa meant Europeans encountered illnesses that they were unused to, such as malaria. Livingstone prepared a treatment from quinine, jalap, rhubarb and calomel to combat fevers and malaria and to purge the body. A label on the bottle reads “From Stanley Expedition”. This may be a reference to Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), another famous explorer who had close links with Henry Wellcome. The tablets were made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co until the 1920s.
- Medical Glass-ware
- Object Number:
- A630855 Pt4
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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