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Gin Pills for the Kidneys

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Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001097
Description
Circular yellow metal tin with decorative design on top with black text; not openeable, stuck together; direction on bottom and sides.
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Accession Number
996001097
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures – container
Description
Circular yellow metal tin with decorative design on top with black text; not openeable, stuck together; direction on bottom and sides.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Kingston in Feb.1994.
Maker
National Drug and Chemical Co. of Canada Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Material
metal: yellow
ink: black
Inscriptions
On top: "B C D // GIN // PILLS // FOR THE // KIDNEYS // TRADE MARK REGISTERED"; on bottom: "Gin // Pills // for the // Kidneys // No. 5611 The Proporietary or Patent // Medicine Act. // Take one or two pills four times a day, // before or after meals, and at bed-time. // French version // GIN PILLS CONTAIN THREE-EIGHTS (3/8) OF A GRAIN // OF METHYLENE BLUE PER MAXIMUM ADULT 1 DOSE // PROPRIETARY ARTICLES DEPT. // National Drug and Chemical // Company of Canada Limited // MONTREAL // CANADA"; on sides: "THESE PILLS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR LAME BACK, IRRITATION OF THE KIDNEYS OR BLADDER, BED WETTING, MUCOUS DEPOSITS IN THE URINE 40 PILLS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Height
3.1
Diameter
5.2
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear on bottom; closure stuck together
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
http://necrophiliac-joe.blogspot.com/2012/02/bdc-gin-pills-for-kidneys.html
Research Facts
Have been said to turn the urine green, most likely because they contain methylene blue.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017
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Gin Pills for the Kidneys

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Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001264 a-b
Description
(a) Round metal container with removable lid (b); the lid of the container is embossed with manufacturer's information; container once held Gin Pills (now empty).
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Accession Number
996001264 a-b
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures – container
Description
(a) Round metal container with removable lid (b); the lid of the container is embossed with manufacturer's information; container once held Gin Pills (now empty).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - medicine container (bottom) - Size: x Width 1.7 cm. x Diameter4.6 cm.
b - container lid - Size: x Width 0.8 cm. x Diameter4.7 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
National Drug & Chemical Co. of Canada Ltd.
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Material
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Lid reads, "NATIONAL DRUG & CHEMICAL CO. OF CANADA LIMITED. // GIN PILLS // FOR THE // KIDNEYS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Condition Remarks
Container shows minor corrosion only; embossed words are easily read wear at bottom corners; (b) box is missing one side flap at the top; the box also has minor staining; all writing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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Dr. Bell's Wonder Kidney Tablets

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Dates
1926
circa 1926
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001342
Description
Square amber glass bottle with cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and rounded edges; the bottle has a printed paper label which covers the front and both sides; label lists product information; the bottle is full of about 20 Wonder kidney tablets and is sealed at the neck wi…
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Accession Number
996001342
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures – container
Description
Square amber glass bottle with cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and rounded edges; the bottle has a printed paper label which covers the front and both sides; label lists product information; the bottle is full of about 20 Wonder kidney tablets and is sealed at the neck with a cork.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Kim Snyder (Toronto) on July 9 1994.
Maker
Dr. Bell Wonder Medicine Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1926
circa 1926
Date Remarks
Date listed on the label
Material
glass: amber
paper: beige
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Bottle bottom embossed, "1495"; label front reads, "Over 20 // DR. BELL'S // WONDER // KIDNEY // TABLETS // PRICE 25c // DR. BELL // WONDER // MEDICINE CO. // Kingston, Ont."; label side reads, "Each tablet represents: [listed] // Dose: [listed]"; other side of label reads, "For kidney affections such as [listed] // New Style container and label // adopted May 1926"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 3
Dimension Notes
Length: 7.4 cm. x Width: 2.4 cm. x Depth: 2.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle is complete and has no chips, cracks or wear; the paper label has some minor wear at the edges, but all printing is legible; the cork is missing small sections, but still completely seals the bottle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit, formerly at Bracken Library; a binder of information on Dr. Bell and his company is with Dr. Chiong's written records
Research Facts
Dr. George W. Bell b. 1858, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College 1880; practised veterinary medicine in the U.S. for 15 years, then returned to Canada to open the Kingston Veterinary College of which he was principal in 1895; he also established his business in Kingston on Clarence Street in the same year; Dr. Bell made both veterinary and human remedies
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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De Witt's Kidney & Bladder pills

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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1999.3.25
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DeWitts Kidney & Bladder Pills

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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1999.3.97
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BDC Gin Pills for the Kidneys

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Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1974.4.1 a-c
Description
A yellow pill tin with black markings and printing (a) with a lid (b) and a circular containing a complete discussion and directions for use in several languages.
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Accession Number
1974.4.1 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures – container
Description
A yellow pill tin with black markings and printing (a) with a lid (b) and a circular containing a complete discussion and directions for use in several languages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Charles De. Gossage of Toronto.
Maker
National Drug and Chemical Co. of Canada Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Material
metal: yellow; black
paper: light green
Inscriptions
On tin lid: "BDC // GIN // PILLS // FOR THE // KIDNEYS // TRADE MARK REGISTERED"; around lower edge of tin: "40 PILLS // PROPRIETARY ARTICLES DEPARTMENT - NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED, MONTREAL, CANADA"; on bottom: "GIN PILLS FOR THE KIDNEYS // No. 5611 The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act. Take one or two pills four times a day, before or after meals, and at bedtime [followed by same information in French]"; circular contains a complete description and directions, in several languages.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Dimension Notes
Depth 3.2 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Modern container, but similar in design to earlier containers.
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Booth's Kidney Pills

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Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1977.12.109
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Dodd's Kidney Pills

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Dates
1964
1977
circa 1964-1977
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
016002001 a-c
Description
Small rectangluar box (a) with glass bottle (b) of Dodd's Kidney Pills with folded paper advertising leaflet (c)e bottom half of box in red ink and top in white, and a dark blue circle on each of the biggest sides with the product name printed in it in white ink; the sides of the box contain a desc…
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Accession Number
016002001 a-c
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
Description
Small rectangluar box (a) with glass bottle (b) of Dodd's Kidney Pills with folded paper advertising leaflet (c)e bottom half of box in red ink and top in white, and a dark blue circle on each of the biggest sides with the product name printed in it in white ink; the sides of the box contain a description and instructions for the product in English and French; inside the box is a bottle (b) with a white painted metal screw cap and a paper label with the title, manufacturer, lot number, and directions printed in blue and red ink; inside the bottle are four medium sized ovoid orange pills; also in the box is a small folded leaflet (c) on tan paper printed in blue ink which describes the product, includes detailed instructions for its use, and advertises other related products such as Scoot for Athlete's Foot and Hanson's Magic Corn Salve; one side of the pamphlet is printed in English and the other in French.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - box: Length 4.0 cm X Width 2.8 cm X Height 6.7 cm
b - bottle: Length 3.7 cm X Width 2.5 cm X Height 6.0 cm
c - pamphlet: Length 20.2 cm X Width 7.6 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Fulford Dodds Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1964
1977
circa 1964-1977
Date Remarks
Based on the year Fulford Dodds Limited took over Dodd's Kidney Pills, and the year pharmaceutical companies became required in Canada to list the ingredients of a medicine on the package.
Material
paper: tan
ink: blue, white, red
metal: yellow
glass: clear
pills: orange
Inscriptions
Printed on front of box (a): "Dodd's // KIDNEY // Pills // For BACKACHE and // TIRED FEELING // due to urinary irritation // and bladder discomfort"; printed on price sticker on front of box (a): "MFR. SUG. LIST // 5F // OUR PRICE // 97 cents "; printed on side of box (a): "A TREATMENT FOR // URINARY AND // BLADDER // DISCOMFORT // Dodd's Kidney Pills act as // a stimulant to the kidneys // to help relieve backache // and tired out feeling. // Used successfully for over // 70 years. // (L) 5074 // Directions: Take one // to three pills with a // glass of water, every // morning, noon, and // night. Full directions // enclosed. // CONTENTS 35 PILLS // No. 4087 The Proprietary // or Patent Medicine Act // FULFORD DODDS LIMITED // TORONTO, CANADA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor tearing of top flap of box where it tucks in
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Newspaper
Journal Article
Reference Comments
https://newspaperarchive.com/lethbridge-herald-jul-24-1976-p-48/
https://www-jstor-org.proxy.queensu.ca/stable/20292259?pq-origsite=summon&seq=2#metadata_info_tab_contents
http://www.doddspainrelief.com/history.php
Research Facts
Fulford Dodds Limited also produced the popular patent medicine, Dr. William's Pink Pills for Pale People.
By the 1970s, Dodd's Kidney Pills were made with ammonium chloride. Before this, they were made with potassium nitrate, sodium bicarbonate, soap, hard paraffin, wheat flour, powedered turmeric, jalap resin, and extract of cascarilla.
Dodds still existed as of 2008 as a patent medicine, though was no longer advertised as a kidney remedy, but relief of back pain and inflammation.
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