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Dr. Jayne's Laxative Pills

Dr. Jayne's Laxative Pills

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
For constipation. Relieves sick headache, biliousness, and other disorders due to slow bowels. For use as a laxative and cathartic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Object Type
date made
ca 1940
Sherman Pharmacy
D. Jayne and Son
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
excipients, q. s. (drug active ingredients)
extract cascara sagrada (drug active ingredients)
phenolphthalein (drug active ingredients)
extract nux vomica (drug active ingredients)
extract belladona (drug active ingredients)
metal (container material)
cardboard (container material)
box: 2 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 3.175 cm x 3.175 cm
can: 1 7/8 in x 3/4 in; 4.7625 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Alan & Elaine Levitt
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Sherman Pharmacy, Sherman, New York
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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