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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1991.17.17
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
1991.17.17
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. R. Josephson of Toronto.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS // 8"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 1 Row B
Length
13.0 cm
Diameter
3.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor crack at lip goes to outside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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ipecacuanha wine

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Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1969.24.3 a-b
Description
Empty square clear glass pharmacy bottle (a) with faceted edges, narrow paper label wraps over three sides with loose cork (b); paper label with black ink; embossed on one side with manufacturers name and logo; cork with remains of red wax; interior with brown residue.
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Accession Number
1969.24.3 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging-- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Empty square clear glass pharmacy bottle (a) with faceted edges, narrow paper label wraps over three sides with loose cork (b); paper label with black ink; embossed on one side with manufacturers name and logo; cork with remains of red wax; interior with brown residue.
Number Of Parts
2
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1848
1880
circa 1848-1880
Date Remarks
Date is uncertain
Material
glass: translucent
paper: cream
ink: black
wax: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "IPECACUANHA WINE. // R. A. WOOD CHEMIST // 230 YOUNGE STREET. TORONTO."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A7-11
Length
3.1 cm
Width
3.3 cm
Height
9.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Interior stained brown, label stained from product and age
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
McCord Museum http://collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/M21681.25
Research Facts
Extract of Ipecacuanha mixed with wine was a Brazilian root soaked in water or alcohol to treat gastro-intestinal issues, bronchitis, pneumonia, and diarrhea for both adults and children. It was prepared by R. A. Wood, a chemist in Toronto on 230 Yonge Street. The bottle contains some powdered residue.
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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.127
Description
A clear glass cylindrical bottle with a siphon at the top and a concave bottom.
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Accession Number
1980.18.127
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drinking
Mineral Waters
Description
A clear glass cylindrical bottle with a siphon at the top and a concave bottom.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Myron Swartz.
Maker
Wentworth Mineral Water Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Hamilton
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: clear
metal: brown
Inscriptions
Engraved on outside of bottle's body: "WENTWORTH // MINERAL WATER // Co. LTD. // HAMILTON // ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-2
Length
30.0 cm
Diameter
7.9 cm
Condition Remarks
White streaks on the inside of the bottle.
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
"When Medicine Met Science," Museum of Health Care, April 29, 2003 - 25 Jan 2017
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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.128
Description
A clear glass cylindrical bottle with a siphon at the top and a concave bottom.
  1 image  
Accession Number
1980.18.128
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drinking
Mineral Waters
Description
A clear glass cylindrical bottle with a siphon at the top and a concave bottom.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Myron Swartz.
Maker
Wentworth Mineral Water Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Hamilton
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: clear
metal: brown
Inscriptions
Engraved on outside of bottle's body: "WENTWORTH // MINERAL WATER // Co. LTD. // HAMILTON // ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-1
Dimension Notes
Length 30.0 cm x Diam. 7.9 cm
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.133
Description
A cylindrical glass jar with a concave base and a mouth slightly smaller than the jar, ending in a pronounced collar; glass stopper; paper label; 3/4 full of powdered Ladies Slipper Root.
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Accession Number
1980.18.133
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Plants, Medicinal
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
Description
A cylindrical glass jar with a concave base and a mouth slightly smaller than the jar, ending in a pronounced collar; glass stopper; paper label; 3/4 full of powdered Ladies Slipper Root.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
W.G. Dunoon, Dispensing Chemist
Site Made (City)
Lindsay
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: translucent light green
paper: brown; black; dark yellow
powder: beige
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "W.G. Dunoon // DISPENSING CHEMIST // [illeg.] LINDSAY ONT. // Powdered Ladies Slipper Root [in cursive]"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-1
Dimension Notes
Length 30.1 cm x Diam. 12.0 cm
Copy Type
Original
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Sodium Salicylate Compound

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
1980.18.143
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with rounded shoulders ending in a narrow neck with a small collar; paper label; partially filled with an amber liquid.
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Accession Number
1980.18.143
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Antirheumatic Agents
Rheumatic Diseases -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with rounded shoulders ending in a narrow neck with a small collar; paper label; partially filled with an amber liquid.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
E. B. Shuttleworth Chemical Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: transparent
paper: brown
liquid: amber
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Sodium Salicylate Compound"; "This combination has been used with success in the treatment of acute articular Rheumatism and serous inflammations of rheumatic origin; said to be more efficient than either of the ingredients when administered alone"; embossed with: "E. B. Shuttleworth Chem Co Limited Toronto."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 21.4 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Label stained and torn.
Copy Type
Original
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genealogical notes

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Dates
1844
1894
1844 -1894
Collection
Don Hay Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
Accession Number
008054002 a-b
Description
Handwritten notes on two pieces of paper; business header appears at top alongside picture of storefront; first page (a) has list of marriages and births; backside has list of death; second page (b) continues list of deaths.
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Accession Number
008054002 a-b
Collection
Don Hay Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Genealogy and Heraldry -- ephemera
Description
Handwritten notes on two pieces of paper; business header appears at top alongside picture of storefront; first page (a) has list of marriages and births; backside has list of death; second page (b) continues list of deaths.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - first page - Size: Length 22.9 cm x Width 14.7 cm
a - second page - Size: 22.9 cm x Width 14.7 cm
Provenance
Donated by Don Hay; originally owned by donor's aunt
Site Made (City)
Odessa
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1844
1894
1844 -1894
Date Remarks
Dates on document
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
pencil: grey
Inscriptions
Printed header (a and b): " R. D. GARDNER, // Pianos and Organs. // WATERTOWN and ADAMS, N. Y.. 189_"; hand-written on page (a): Marriages // Henry C. Lewis & Caroline L. Dodge // married July 3rd 1844"; hand-written on page (b): Jonathan N. Littlefield died at // Belleville Nov. 19th 1892"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 18
Condition Remarks
Pages faded; bottom edges creases horizontally
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Don Hay; CD #3
Research Facts
Owner's aunt is connected to Lewis family
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005034
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
  2 images  
Accession Number
014005034
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
12.5
Diameter
3.3
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor residue inside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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Dr. Ross' Kidney and Liver Pills

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact7817
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1980.18.203
Description
A paper roll containing a glass jar of large kidney and liver pills; metal screw-on top.
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Accession Number
1980.18.203
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
A paper roll containing a glass jar of large kidney and liver pills; metal screw-on top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Ross Medicine Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass
metal
paper: light green; brown
Inscriptions
Printed on paper covering: "DR. ROSS' // Kidney and Liver Pills // For Headache // Biliousness, Constipation, Bad Blood, Indigestion, Rheumatism"; "Price 25¢"; "The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length 6.0 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
Copy Type
Original
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J. B. L. Antiseptic

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Antiseptic
Hygiene
Accession Number
1980.18.217
Description
A glass jar with a metal screw-on top, filled with a white powder; paper label; bottom of jar is concave.
  1 image  
Accession Number
1980.18.217
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Antiseptic
Hygiene
MeSH Heading
Disinfection
Disinfectants
Description
A glass jar with a metal screw-on top, filled with a white powder; paper label; bottom of jar is concave.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Tyrrell's Hygienic Institute
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: clear
metal: brown
paper: beige; blue
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "J. B. L. // ANTISEPTIC // Chas Tyrrell MD [in cursive] // TYRRELL'S HYGIENIC // INSTITUTE // 181 COLLEGE ST. // TORONTO – CANADA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 1 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length 10.8 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Lid is rusted.
Copy Type
Original
Images
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