Antivenin Nearctic Crotalidae - North American Anti-Snake-Bite Serum


Acquired by the Smithsonian in 1929 from the H. K. Mulford Company, this product was the first anti-venin in the U.S. to be manufactured specifically for use in cases of pit-viper bite. According to literature provided by the company, the product was effective against "the venoms of the rattlesnakes, copperhead and moccasin - snakes of the of the family Crotalidae in North America." The company specified that the dose should be "10 cc administered subcutaneously, as soon as possible after infliction of the bite, but necessarily between 12 and 24 hours."

Date Made: ca 1929

Maker: H. K. Mulford Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, The Antibody Initiative, Antibody Initiative: Antivenom


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Credit Line: Gift of H. K. Mulford Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-02699Catalog Number: M-02699Accession Number: 107349

Object Name: serum therapy, antivenombiologicalOther Terms: Neartic Crotalidae; Antivenin; Biologicals; Drugs

Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 in; 11.43 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_716660

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