Alternative Name(s): Sulphate of Zinc

Clear apothecary jar containing zinc sulphate used in the pharmacy at a mental health hospital, Mayday Hills, in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920. Zinc sulphate was used internally to induce vomiting and externally as an astringent lotion for ulcers. It was also used in the treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases into the 20th century.

Physical Description

Cylindrical glass jar with ground glass stopper and painted label in metallic and black inks. Contains a small amount of [zinc sulphate] in the form of small white flakes.


Example of pharmaceuticals used in a Victorian mental health hospital

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