Bottle for 'Veronal' powder

Made:
1903-1950 in Germany
maker:
Bayer Products Limited

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Bottle for "Veronal" crystals by Bayer Products Ltd., London. Whole object on graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Glass dispensing bottle with glass stopper for 'Veronal' brand powdered diethylbarbituric acid, with traces remaining. 96 mm x 45 mm, .11 kg. Made by Bayer Product Limited, German, 1903-1950.

‘Veronal’ is the trade name for a barbiturate drug used to treat mental illness. ‘Veronal’ was the first commercially available barbiturate, sold from 1903 onwards, and was named after the Italian city of Verona.

Barbiturates were used to induce sleep by suppressing brain function and were also used as a hypnotic. They were popular up to the 1950s and were an improvement on their predecessors as the side effects were less severe – although unfortunately they could be extremely addictive. Barbiturates are only available on prescription.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A600181
Materials:
barbital, glass, paper (fibre product), trace
type:
controlled drug
taxonomy:
  • drug
credit:
Wellcome Trust

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.