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Cerate of Lead Subacetate

Cerate of Lead Subacetate

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One of sixty-seven (67) specimens of crude drugs and pharmaceutical preparations of aloes, camphor, ginger, and rhubarb donated by Parke, Davis and Company in 1928 for the pharmacy exhibits. The museum curator solicited these preparations for an exhibit of medicines “telling the story of the cultivation, collection, marketing, and medicinal use of well-known and extensively used drugs.” The official drugs were exhibited along with examples of the crude botanical drug and photographs of the cultivation and processing of aloes, camphor, ginger, and rhubarb. The curator requested that the specimens be supplied in the company’s regular stock containers whenever possible rather than using the uniform display bottles often employed in the pharmacy exhibits. "The idea is to give the visiting public information concerning the numerous official medicines which contain the drugs in question. For this purpose, I think a variety in the style of the containers is desirable."
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Object Name
Lead Subacetate, Cerate of
Other Terms
Lead Subacetate, Cerate of; Pharmaceuticals; Drugs; Non-Liquid
Date made
Parke, Davis and Company
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Associated Place
United States: Michigan, Detroit
overall: 3 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 8.89 cm x 4.7625 cm x 4.7625 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Parke, Davis and Company; Accession 101594 (1928)
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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