- Glass vial with paper label that reads in part “0.3 Gram / Lot No. / Neosalvarsan / Trade Mark Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. / BRAND OF NEOSALVARSAN / H. A. Metz Laboratories / New York, N.Y.” Neosalvarsan is a synthetic chemotherapeutic that became available in 1912 and superseded the more toxic and less water-soluble salvarsan as an effective treatment for syphilis. Both of compounds carried considerable risk of side effects, and were replaced by penicillin in the 1940s.
- Herman August Metz (1867-1934) was a New Yorker of German descent who worked for several firms that manufactured and imported German dyestuffs, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. In 1903 he established his own firm, H. A. Metz & Co.
- Ref: “Neo-Salvarsan,” New York Times (May 20, 1912), p. 12.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Date made
- ca. 1927-1932
- H.A. Metz Laboratories
- place made
- United States: New York, New York City
- overall: 8.5 cm x 1.8 cm; 3 3/8 in x 11/16 in
- overall: 3 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 8.5725 cm x 1.905 cm
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- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of The History Factory
- Sterling Drug Collection
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- Medicine and Science: Medicine
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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