Alternative Name(s): Mercury Chloride; Calomel; Mercuric Oxide

Bottle of corrosive sublimate made by Felton, Grimwade & Duerdins circa 1900. Used in a mental health hospital pharmacy, in Victoria, Australia. Used in the treatment of syphillis before the advent of antibiotics. It was inhaled, ingested, injected and applied topically. Poisoning was a side effect.

During and after World War I, corrosive sublimate was used to make a lotion called Yellow Wash, applied to chancroid and syphilitic lesions (Dunbar, 2014: 242-3).

Physical Description

The drug Corrosive Sublimate in tablet-form is contained in a small dark brown bottle sealed with a cork. Contents: tablet (100)

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