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Dr. R. Schiffman's Asthmador

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Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001088
Description
Green metal container with red and white lettering on outside; rectangular in shape; lid pops out of centre top; no contents.
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Accession Number
996001088
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Asthma, drug therapy
Respiratory Therapy -- instrumentation
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
Green metal container with red and white lettering on outside; rectangular in shape; lid pops out of centre top; no contents.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 16 1994.
Maker
R. Schiffmann Co.
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Material
metal: green
lettering: red; white
Inscriptions
Made in U.S.A. // Contains 3 oz // Dr. R. Schiffmann's // Asthmador // to relieve the distress // of Asthmatic // Paroxysms // Price of sixty-five cents // used by inhalation only // Manufactured only by // R. Schiffmann Co. // Los Angeles, Calif.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row F
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Dimension Notes
Length: 8.9 cm. x Width: 5.6 cm. x Depth: 3.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some scratches and surface wear; #2: small patches of corrosion visible at the top of the tin.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Beginning in the 19th century, patients suffering from shortness of breath could purchase anti-asthma cigarettes and powders that usually contained stramonium (stinkweed) or potash, but sometimes also included narcotics. These cigarettes contained no tobacco. Preparations such as Asthmador Cigarettes and other brands were marketed aggressively and sold over the counter in most Western countries to relieve the distress of bronchial asthmatic paroxysms. Although critics complained that these cigarettes increased bronchial inflammation, by the beginning of the 20th century, smoking was often the first line of treatment for asthmatics.
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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