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Askit headache powder

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // 25 // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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Askit headache powders

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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surgeon's pocket case

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Dates
1748
1830
circa 1748-1830
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1929.2.1 a-h
Description
Brown morocco, fabric-lined folding leather pocket case (h) containing surgical instruments: (a) gum lancet, (b) catheter, (c) tapered, hollow metal tube, (d-f) caustic holder and its parts, (g) tenaculum; four flaps fold out from the case with bands to hold instruments; a band goes down the centre…
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Accession Number
1929.2.1 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Bloodletting
Urinary catheterization
Description
Brown morocco, fabric-lined folding leather pocket case (h) containing surgical instruments: (a) gum lancet, (b) catheter, (c) tapered, hollow metal tube, (d-f) caustic holder and its parts, (g) tenaculum; four flaps fold out from the case with bands to hold instruments; a band goes down the centre of the inside to hold instruments.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - gum lancet - Size: Length 12.4 cm x Width 1.2 cm
b - catheter - Size: Length 10.3 cm
c - tube - Size: Length 15.4 cm
d - caustic holder - Size: Length 4.4 cm x Diam. 0.9 cm
e - part for caustic holder - Size: Length 3.5 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
f - part for caustic holder - Size: Length 7.4 cm x Diam. 0.9 cm
g - tenaculum - Size: Length 11.2 cm
h - case - Size: Length 17.8 cm x Width 13.3 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. Thomas Bickerton Edminson of Toronto.
Maker
Boog; G. McLeod
Site Made (City)
Edinburgh
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1748
1830
circa 1748-1830
Date Remarks
https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/people/cp47937/boog
Material
metal: silver (tarnished)
shell: mottled brown
leather: brown
fabric: reddish brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-17
Condition Remarks
Pocket case is in dilapidated condition; #3: leather is stiff; case is falling apart.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Dates
1915
1947
Between 1915-1947
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
004013018 a-f
Description
Box of sutures consisting of three sealed glass tubes each wrapped in paper (a-c) and containing a needle and sutures; there is also a small metal file (d) wrapped in a piece of paper with information on it (e) the box (f) is yellow with a white label.
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Accession Number
004013018 a-f
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Box of sutures consisting of three sealed glass tubes each wrapped in paper (a-c) and containing a needle and sutures; there is also a small metal file (d) wrapped in a piece of paper with information on it (e) the box (f) is yellow with a white label.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a-c - sutures - Length 9.3 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
d - file - Length 4.8 x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - paper - Length 8.2 cm x Width 4.1 cm
f - box - Length 10.9 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's father who worked as a ship's medical officer during the Second World War.
Maker
G. F. Merson Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Edinburgh
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1915
1947
Between 1915-1947
Date Remarks
The company was established in 1915 and was bought out by Johnson and Johnson in 1974.
Material
glass: clear
paper: white
cardboard: yellow
Inscriptions
"MERSONS // EMERGENCY SUTURES // STERILE // 28/30 IN. White Braided Silk No. 5(T) (Medium) // Half Curved Triangular Needle No. 12 // Non - boilable // G. F. MERSON LTD. // EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND" printed on a label on the box; "FILE // for marking tubes before breaking. // G. F. MERSON LTD., EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND." printed on the piece of paper wrapped around the file
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10
Condition Remarks
Some slight wear on the box.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Ethicon's Humble Beginnings"; CD #3
Research Facts
Dr. Prouse served as a ship's medical officer during the second world war rising the rank of Surgeon-Captain; after the war he became an anesthesiologist feeling that he did not have sufficient control over his hands after suffering from rheumatic fever.
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