Medicine chest containing cholera treatments, England, 1849-1915

1849-1915 in England

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Medicine chest, for cholera, after 1849, English. Full view of closed chest, graduated grey background.
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Medicine chest, for cholera, after 1849, English

Cholera affects the small intestine and causes watery diarrhoea, vomiting and muscle cramps. This chest contains aromatic confection powder and chalk mixture powder to be taken together or with cinnamon water. Catechu, a vegetable extract, was recommended as a treatment for the worst attacks of cholera as it shrinks swellings, especially in the small intestine. The brown alcoholic mixture is taken with chalk mixture. The chest was sold by chemists Godfrey & Cooke, based in London.

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Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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medicine chest
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest

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