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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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bulb-type medical syringe

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Dates
1937
1964
1937-1964
Collection
Dr. Clifford W. Bennett Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
005006001 a-e
Description
A bulb-type medical syringe consisting of a black plastic nozzle (a) attached to a green rubber bulb (b); comes in a box; the box (c) is brown and rectangular; one of the flaps (d) has torn off the box; paper instruction sheet (e).
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Accession Number
005006001 a-e
Collection
Dr. Clifford W. Bennett Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Syringes
MM= Irrigation -- syringe
Description
A bulb-type medical syringe consisting of a black plastic nozzle (a) attached to a green rubber bulb (b); comes in a box; the box (c) is brown and rectangular; one of the flaps (d) has torn off the box; paper instruction sheet (e).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - nozzle - Size: Length 8.8 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
b - bulb - Size: Length 5.0 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
c - box - Size: Length 13.0 cm x Width 5.6 cm x Depth 5.9 cm
d - box flap - Size: Length 5.5 cm x Width 4.5 cm
e - instruction sheet - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 16.4 cm
Provenance
Used by Dr. Clifford W. Bennett (Queen's meds grad, 1921) at his medical practice at 197 Queen Street.
Maker
Geo. N. Hein Co.
Site Made (City)
San Carlos
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1937
1964
1937-1964
Date Remarks
Patented in 1937; Dr. Bennett practiced medicine from 1925 until 1964.
Material
plastic: black
rubber: green
cardboard: brown
Inscriptions
"HEIN - 67 // BULB TYPE // MEDICAL SYRINGE" printed on the front of the box
"THE HEIN - 67 Syinge is leak-proof, thouroughly cleanable and can be sterilized by boiling. It is recommended for the following uses: // EAR WASHING INFANTS NURSERY // ASPIRATION POWDER ATOMIZER // GENERAL IRRIGATION // The finest materials are used in its manufacture, and long lasting efficiancy // is assured for these and many other uses. Soft rubber safery tip included. // GEO. N. HEIN CO. SAN CARLOS, CALIF." printed on the back of the box
"CLEANABLE" printed on the top and bottom of the box
'PRESS HERE" printed on the tip of the bulb
"HEIN - 67 // PAT 2072366 // SAN CARLOS, CAL // GEO. N. HEIN" embossed on the nozzle
Permanent Location
(a-d) Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-14
(e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Condition Remarks
The box is delicate, especially on the flaps; the syringe itself is fine.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing: Hospital - Professional Instruments - Equipment - Supplies," V. Mueller. Co., 1956, p. 72 (see attached photocopy); CD #1
Research Facts
Very similar to a syringe that appears in a 1956 Mueller catalogue, only the syringe in the catalogue has adaptable tips, so this is probably earlier.
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dispensing scales

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Dates
1870
1899
1870-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1972.16.5 1-54
Description
Wooden box containing dispensing scales and 50 square weights.
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Accession Number
1972.16.5 1-54
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Wooden box containing dispensing scales and 50 square weights.
Number Of Parts
54
Part Names
1 - bar for scales - Size: Length 15.1 cm x Width 9.2 cm
2 - tray - Size: Diam. 6.3 cm
3 - tray - Size: Diam. 6.3 cm
4 - box - Size: Length 17.2 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 3.1 cm
5 - weight - Size: Length 1.9 cm x Width 1.9 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
6 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
7- weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
8 - weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm x Width 1.2 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
9 - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
10 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
11 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
12 - weight - Size: Length 0.9 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
13 - weight - Size: Length 0.9 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
14 - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
15 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
16 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
17 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
18 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
19 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
20 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
21 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
22 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
23 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
24 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
25 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
26 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
27 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
28 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
29 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
30 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
31 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
32 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
33 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
34 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
35 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
36 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
37 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
38 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
39 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
40 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
41 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
42 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
43 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
44 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
45 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
46 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
47 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
48 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
49 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
50 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
51 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
52 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
53 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
54 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Arthur Dill Kelly; belonged to Dr. John Gray of Glasgow.
Maker
Grant & Donald
Site Made (City)
Aberdeen
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1870
1899
1870-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c?"; date is uncertain
Material
wood: brown
metal: grey; yellow
fabric: green
Inscriptions
On inside of box: "GRANT & DONALD // Pharmarentir [sic] Chemists // ABERDEEN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
String on scale is disconnected from tray.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Research Facts
Belonged to Dr. John Gray, who qualified at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Glasgow in 1828 and then practised in Aberdeen; brought to Canada by his son, John Gray, who immigrated to Canada ca. 1860 and settled in Coldwater; left to Mrs. Kelly by Miss Katherine Gray, John Gray's last surviving child and Mrs. Kelly's aunt.
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Fox's glass leech cupping set

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Dates
1834
1878
circa 1827-1878
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
Treatment
Accession Number
1950.4.1 a-h
Description
Rectangular mahogany case with blue velvet lining the interior (g) containing a 12-blade scarificator (c), clear glass bottle with stopper (f), cupping lamp (a,b), and two large cups (d, e). There is also a small round pad (h) with felt on one side and leather on the other with a small band of leat…
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Accession Number
1950.4.1 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
Treatment
MeSH Heading
Bloodletting -- instrumentation
MM= Cupping -- set
Description
Rectangular mahogany case with blue velvet lining the interior (g) containing a 12-blade scarificator (c), clear glass bottle with stopper (f), cupping lamp (a,b), and two large cups (d, e). There is also a small round pad (h) with felt on one side and leather on the other with a small band of leather, presumably to place one's finger into.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a) cupping lamp ring - Length 3.5 X Width 2.5
b) cupping lamp - Length 8.0 X Width 2.4
c) scarificator - Length 6.0 X Width 5.0 X Depth 6.5
d) glass cup - Length 14.0 X Width 7.5 X Depth 8.0
e) glass cup - Length 15.0 X Width 8.0 X Depth 7.5
f) glass bottle with stopper - Length 8.0 X Diameter 3.8
g) case - Length 26.5 cm x Width 15.0 cm x Depth 10.5 cm
h) leather and felt pad - Length 4.0 X Width 3.0 X Depth 1.5
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. R. Howey of Owen Sound, Ont.; used by Dr. Allan Cameron, who practised in Owen Sound, Ont. from 1857 to 1912.
Maker
W. B. Hilliard
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1834
1878
circa 1827-1878
Date Remarks
Date based on the maker's mark -- W. B. Hilliard was established in 1834, and after 1878, W. B. Hilliard became W. B. Hilliard & Sons
Material
wood: brown
velvet: blue
glass: clear
metal: gold
fabric: beige
leather: brown
Inscriptions
On the scarificator (c): "W. B. Hilliard / Glasgow"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D6-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches on case (g), velvet fading, lamp (a, b) slightly scratched, small crack in glass in (e), and the glass bottle (f) is a bit dirty
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Book
Journal
Website
Reference Comments
"Bloodletting Instruments," Davis & Appel, pp. 26-8; "Lancet," 1827 (12), pp. 238-9
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33102/33102-h/33102-h.htm#Page_48
The Lancet, vol. 10, iss. 257, pg 559-560, Aug. 02, 1828.
http://www.glasgowwestaddress.co.uk/1888_Book/Hilliard_W_B_&_Sons.htm
Research Facts
Dr. Francis Fox was the house surgeon to the Derbyshire General Dispensary, and in 1827, announced his invention of "glass leeches", a new form of cupping cup with a wide, curved neck and oval belly that hung downwards. This shape imitated the natural shape and manner of hanging of a leech, and so Fox named his invention after them. Fox announced his invention in The Lancet, a prominent medical journal, and in the years after his announcement, continued to provide the journal with updates on how much better the glass leeches performed than regular cups. They made it less likely for the patient to be burned in the process of cupping as the flame was kept farther away from the skin, and the glass leech only needed to be applied twice after scarification instead of the common three times. Fox claimed that his glass leeches could be easily removed by an attendant so that the operator need not even be present. The glass leech could draw on average 7 and 3/4 ounces of blood in 16 minutes.
W. B. Hilliard was established in 1834, in Glasgow, Scotland; there were four different business addresses until about 1920. In 1878, it became W. B. Hilliard & Sons when Hilliard brought his two sons on as partners. Joseph B. Hilliard owned an instrument case which was carried by Dr. Livingstone, the explorer.
Cupping was popular in the 19th century; heated cups would be applied to bring blood up to the surface of the skin; lamps, syringes and / or stop-cocks were often included in cupping sets to help create a vacuum using heat. Often, a piece of lint and/or paper was lit on fire and placed in the cup. In dry cupping, the cup would be applied first and the blood drawn using the scarificator after the blood was brought to the surface. In wet cupping, blood was drawn first with the scarificator and then the cup was applied, so that the blood was drawn out by the vacuum and pooled in the cup.
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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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