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Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1972.16.4 a-f
Description
Metal syringe (a) with a rounded wooden handle; has plunger attached; comes with two bone or ivory irrigating nozzles, one straight (b) and one L-shaped (c); (d) a nozzle attachment for (a); and a small piece of wood with a hole cut out in the centre, rounded on one side (e); all fits in a wooden c…
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Accession Number
1972.16.4 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Enema -- instrumentation
Syringes
MM= Irrigation -- syringe -- rectal
Description
Metal syringe (a) with a rounded wooden handle; has plunger attached; comes with two bone or ivory irrigating nozzles, one straight (b) and one L-shaped (c); (d) a nozzle attachment for (a); and a small piece of wood with a hole cut out in the centre, rounded on one side (e); all fits in a wooden case (f) with two hinges and a front lock; has velvet lining inside; lid has broken off.
Part Names
a - syringe - Size: Length 20.0 cm
b - nozzle, straight - Size: Length 8.5 cm
c - nozzle, L-shaped - Size: Length 7.0 cm
d - nozzle - Size: Length 5.5 cm
e - wooden piece - Size: Length 4.5 cm
f - case - Size: Length 22.8 cm x Width 10.0 cm x Depth 3.8 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Arthur Dill Kelly; belonged to Dr. John Gray of Glasgow.
Site Made (Country)
Britain
Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "early 20c"
Material
metal: silver
wood: brown
bone/ivory: off-white
fabric: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E6-14
Condition Remarks
Case badly broken; instruments greasy.
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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Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root

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Dates
1900
1925
circa 1900-1925
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Cardiology
Accession Number
996001309
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled, double rounded collar; the front, back and side panels are slightly recessed; there are printed paper labels on the front and back panels, which list product information; bottle is full of swamp-root and corked.
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Accession Number
996001309
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Diuretics
Cathartics
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- diuretics -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled, double rounded collar; the front, back and side panels are slightly recessed; there are printed paper labels on the front and back panels, which list product information; bottle is full of swamp-root and corked.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA, in Oct.1993.
Maker
Dr. Kilmer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1925
circa 1900-1925
Date Remarks
Early 20th century
Material
glass: clear
paper: light pink
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Front label reads, "CONTAINS 10 1/2 FLUID // OUNCES // DR. KILMER & CO., // BINGHAMTON, N.Y. // See directions for taking // on back panel"; back label reads, "DR. KILMER'S // SWAMP-ROOT // DIRECTIONS" (listed) " // Shake well before using // It is pleasant to take // Caution:" (listed); bottle embossed with, "5 // 50"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.8 cm. x Width: 7.3 cm. x Depth: 4.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle is unopened and has no chips or cracks; the original cork and seal are in place; the front and back labels have staining, but all printing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
See label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit formerly at Bracken Library; "Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 26, 43, 87, 94; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 111-119; "Remedies and Rackets" by James Cook, pp. 19 & 91
Research Facts
Most famous product produces by the Dr. Kilmer & Co.; used as a diuretic to the kidneys; Kilmer company set up by two brothers, S. Andral and Jonas M. Kilmer; lasted more than 50 years
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Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root Kidney Cure

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Dates
1885
1905
circa 1885 - 1905
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005006
Description
Tinted green glass cylindrical bottle; without cork; mould lines visible; bubbles visible in glass; minor brown residue inside.
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Accession Number
014005006
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packing -- container -- bottle
Description
Tinted green glass cylindrical bottle; without cork; mould lines visible; bubbles visible in glass; minor brown residue inside.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Dr. Kilmer
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1885
1905
circa 1885 - 1905
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottle: "SAMPLE BOTTLE // DR. KILMER'S // SWAMP-ROOT KIDNEY CURE // BINGHAMTON, N.Y."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Length
10.6
Diameter
2.8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches inside neck of bottle; minor brown powdery substance inside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney Cure Sample Bottle. eHive
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root. The National Museum of American History.
Research Facts
Sylvester Andral Kilmer, MD started a prominent laboratory in the late 1870's in Binghamton, NY after fame and attention drawn from his travels and speaking throughout the US. He was later pushed out of the company by family or chose to leave.
The 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act banned the use of the word "cure" on bottles or in advertising in the U.S.
Swamp-Root cure contained: alcohol 10%, buchu leaves, scullcap leaves, golden seal root, colombo root, valerian root, cinnamon, oil of juniper, oil of birch, balsam copaiba, balsam tolu, venice turpentine, peppermint herb, rhubarb root, mandrake root, sassafras, and cape aloes.
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