Livingstone medicine chest

Made:
1900-1910 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Left hand side - A700027, The Livingstone medicine chest, wooden box covered with natural coloured cow hide. Contains
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"Livingstone" medicine chest, used by Algot Lange on the Amazon expedition of 1911, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., English, early 20th century

This battered medicine chest was taken by Algot Lane, a Swedish-American explorer, on his 1911 expedition to the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Lange wrote a book about his exploration of the area in 1912 called In the Amazon Jungle: Adventures in the Remote Areas of the Upper Amazon Basin. Unsurprisingly, the chest contains a large amount of quinine to help prevent and treat malaria, which was common in that area.

The medicine chest was advertised as the ‘Livingstone’ chest after David Livingstone (1813-1873). It was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, who provided medicine chests suitable for a wide range of expeditions – these were often provided free of charge for publicity reasons. It is pictured here with another ‘Livingstone’ medicine from the same expedition (A700027).

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Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700016
Materials:
case, felt, case, leather, case, wood
type:
medicine chest, pharmacy (containers)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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