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Camphor, Opium and Acetate of Lead Pills

Camphor, Opium and Acetate of Lead Pills

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer, or as found in contemporary medical literature, are:
For use as a local astringent and soothing anodyne [Epitome of Therapeutics, John Wyeth & Brothers, 1901]
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Thayer and Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridgeport
Physical Description
camphor, 1 gr. (drug active ingredients)
acetate of lead, 1 gr. (drug active ingredients)
opium, 1 gr. (drug active ingredients)
glass (container material)
paper (label material)
cork (stopper material)
overall: 8 cm x 3 cm; 3 1/8 in x 1 3/16 in
overall: 3 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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