Summary

Clear apothecary jar containing lithage used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Litharge (lead monoxide) was used in preparation of diachylon plaster. This was used for the treatment of corns, chronic leg ulcers and varicose veins. It was also used to induce abortions. Toxic.

Physical Description

Small, clear glass apothecary's jar has round base, straight sides, rounded shoulder, broad neck, slightly wider at top and thin, protruding rim. Has glass stopper. Paper label - Litharge - on side. Jar contains remnants of orange powder.

Significance

Example of pharmaceuticals used in Victorian mental health hospitals

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