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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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Grobleswski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment

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Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Archival, Items
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
1977.12.48 a-c
Description
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has fla…
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Accession Number
1977.12.48 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Archival, Items
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Liniments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Archival
Advertisements
Description
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has flat sides with recesses on front, back, right, and left; bottle has round shoulders, cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; embossed manufacturers information on bottom and arch topped rectangular cream paper label with product information printed in red ink attached to front; cap has domed top with embossed ring, vertical ridges on exterior sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread; box is tall and rectangular with product information and directions printed in English on front and in Polish on back; box opens at top with folding flaps; broken red paper seals with product information attached to top and bottom of box; instruction booklet consists of long folded paper sheets bound with two grey metal staples at fold; booklet contains product directions and additional product advertisements printed in black ink in English at front and Polish inversed at back.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – bottle – Length 13.1 cm Width 4.2 cm Depth 2.2 cm
b – box – Length 14.4 cm Width 4.9 cm Depth 2.9 cm
c – instruction booklet – Length 18.7 cm Width 10.7 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
A. G. Groblewski & Co.
Site Made (City)
Plymouth
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Date Remarks
Groblewski began producing medicine in 1892, direction booklet claims “making for over 50 years”
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream, tan
ink: black, red, pink
metal: black, brass, grey
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // This Liniment Contains // ALCOHOL 41 %; ETHER 99 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., CHLOROFORM 75 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., AMMONIA WATER, // SAFROL 5 %; OIL OF PEPPERMINT // 3 %; CAMPHOR .8 %; IMITATION // OIL OF WINTERGREEN 2 %; MEN- // THOL, TR. BENZOIN COMP., OIL // CAJEPUT. // FOR EXTERNAL USE // See booklet for directions. // PRICE 35 CENTS // THE PROPIETARY OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT, NO. 15874 // Manufactured by // A. G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // Made in U. S. A. PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed on front of box: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // Reg. U. S. Pat. Office & Canada // This Liniment Contains // Alcohol 41 %; Ether 99 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Chloroform 75 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Amonia Water; // Safrol 5 %; Oil of Peppermint // 3 %; Camphor .8 %; Imitation // Oil of Wintergreen 2 %; Men- // thol, Tr. Benzoin Comp., Oil // Cajeput. // For External Use // Apply freely for relief of // Soreness in Muscles and Ten- // dons following over-exertion // and exposure, sometimes re- // sulting in Muscular Cramps // or Stiff Neck. // Also for Minor // Burns, Bruises, Stings of // Mosquitoes and other insects, // or for general use whenever // a good Liniment is indicated. // See enclosed booklet for // directions. // MANUFACTURED BY // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO., // PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed of proper right side of box: “THIS // END // UP // PRICE // 35 // CENTS // THE PROPRIETARY // OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT // NO. 15874 // MADE IN U. S. A.”; printed on proper left side of box: “NOTICE // When you buy // THIS PRODUCT // see that // the package is // unbroken”; printed on box seals: “GENUINE IF SEAL IS WHOLE // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // ZMIJECZNIK // PLYMOUTH, PA., U. S. A.”; printed at top of front page of instruction booklet: “Groblewski’s // DIRECTIONS FOR // LINIMENT (Rattlesnake Brand) // (The same good Liniment we have been making for over 50 years)”; headings printed in instruction booklet: “FOR MAKING AN EFFICIENT “CHILD’S // RUB” IN A NON-GREASY FORM”, “TO HELP KEEP AWAY MOSQUITOES”, “FOR THAT STIMULATING EFFECT OF AM- // MONIA WATER, CAMPHOR AND MENTHOL”, “FOR THAT COOLING EFFECT OF MENTHOL // ON THE BROW OR FORHEAD”, TO PROMOTE SWEATING OVER EN- // TIRE BODY”, “TO PROMOTE SWEATING IN SOME PAR- // TICULAR PART OF THE BODY”, “THERAPEUTIC LAMP TREATMENTS”; names of advertised products printed in instruction booklet: “BEAR BRAND SALVE”, “EGIUTERRO”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // LINDEN COUGH BALSOM”, “GROBLEWSKI’S COLICRAMP DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HEADACHE POWDERS”, “FIRE-DRAW BURN LOTION”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TROJANKA”, “CHILDREN LINIMENT”, “GROBLEWSKI’S PLASTER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S STOMACH DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // PREPERATION C”, “GROBLEWSKI’S CORN APPLICATION”, “NERVOTEINE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TOOTHACHE DROPS”, “HEARTBURN DROPS”, “CHAPINE LOTION”, “PEDODOR SALVE”, “EATONIC”, “GARGLELICK”, “ITCHYOLA SALVE”, GROBLEWSKI’S // TONIC and APPETIZER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // POWDERS FOR ROUND WORMS”, “EYE WATER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S REVILA POWDERS”, “REDOL SALVE”, “EXOR SALVE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S NASAL JELLY”, “BEAVER DROPS COMPOUND”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // SOAP FOR HAIR AND SCALP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S LAPINOL SOAP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HAIR POMADE”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 4 Row B (a-b)
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E-15 (c)
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling to top of bottle label; major staining on bottom half of box; minor soiling all over box; major tear to top flap of box causing complete separation; major tear to proper right flap of box causing complete separation; minor distortion to instructional booklet, but stable; minor dark staining to bottom of instruction booklet pages; minor pink pigment transfer on bottom of instruction booklet pages
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website (document)
Website
Reference Comments
“A. G. Groblewski Dies at Plymouth.” The Wilkes-Barre Record, 18 April 1925, Newspapers.com, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
“1917 Groblewski's Remedies Quack Medicine Plymouth PA.” Worthpoint, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
Research Facts
Albert G. Groblewski was a patent medicine salesman and manufacturer most famous for his Groblewski Liniment Rattlesnake Brand (Zmijecznik); he was born in Poland in 1861 and moved to the U. S. A. in 1877; he bought his own drug store in 1892 and began manufacturing his famous liniment; it was originally marketed as a cure for rheumatism but this iteration of the product is marketed as a treatment for muscle soreness, aches, small wounds, and insect bites; the company became known as Albert G. Groblewski & Co. Inc. following incorporation in 1921; Groblewski passed away in 1925, but his company continued to grow following his death.
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Homepathic B & R No. 20

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Dates
1910
1960
circa 1890 - 1960
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Allergies
Pharmacy, Homeopathic
Accession Number
016022042
Description
Rectangular white plastic bottle, rounded shoulders that taper into a wide neck ending with screw on lid; tan paper label; three quarters full of 0.4 cm white tablets; plastic bottle is more modern than label attached.
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Accession Number
016022042
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Allergies
Pharmacy, Homeopathic
MeSH Heading
Homeopathy
Drug Therapy, Homeopathy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular white plastic bottle, rounded shoulders that taper into a wide neck ending with screw on lid; tan paper label; three quarters full of 0.4 cm white tablets; plastic bottle is more modern than label attached.
Number Of Parts
1
Maker
Boericke & Runyon
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1910
1960
circa 1890 - 1960
Material
plastic: white, black
paper: tan
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "3000 // HOMEOPATHIC // B & R TABLETS // No. 20 // Each tablet Represents: // Spigelia 3x // Magnesia Phosphorica 6x // Belladonna 3x // (Total Belladonna Alkaloids // .000001 gr.) // To allay neuralgic pains, especially // those relieved by warmth. Facial // neuralgia. // FOR ADULTS ONLY. Dose: Two tablets every fifteen minutes for four doses. If necessary two tablets // can be continued every two hours // for several more doses. If conditions // are not alleviated consult a physic- // cian. // 2035 // BOERICKE & RUNYON // Division of Boericke & Tafel, Inc. // 1011 ARCH STREET. PHILA. 7, PA."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row F
Width
7.2
Height
13.8
Depth
5.2
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Yellowing of label; minor tears; moderate lifting of label from bottle
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Boericke & Tafel. The Herb Museum.
Research Facts
Over the years, Boericke and Tafel maintained branches in many cities across the United States. They were staffed by experienced pharmacists, many of whom had worked with Boericke and Tafel "since boyhood."
In about 1890, William Boericke formed a partnership with E. W. Runyon, in San Francisco, and formed the company of Boericke and Runyon.
Sometime during the 1940's Boericke and Runyon were sold to Humphreys Pharmacal, and became a division of that company.
The label on the bottle dates to 1910 - 1930 but the plastic bottle it is affixed to dates to 1950 - 1960.
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Dates
1942
1997
circa 1942-1997
Category
Mental Health
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Pharmacy, Psychiatry
Accession Number
016002002 a-b
Description
Cylindrical clear plastic bottle (a) with Nembutal pills, with removable plastic cap (b) and paper label reaching almost all the way around; contains two oblong brown pills and a cotton ball; the label is printed in light green, dark blue, yellow, and white ink, and details the quantity, purpose, t…
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Accession Number
016002002 a-b
Category
Mental Health
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Pharmacy, Psychiatry
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- illness -- anxiety
Mental Health -- illness -- sleep disorders
Mental Health -- illness -- mood disorders
Mental Health -- psychiatry
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- drugs
Mental Health -- treatment -- drugs -- anti anxiety
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Description
Cylindrical clear plastic bottle (a) with Nembutal pills, with removable plastic cap (b) and paper label reaching almost all the way around; contains two oblong brown pills and a cotton ball; the label is printed in light green, dark blue, yellow, and white ink, and details the quantity, purpose, title, dosage, and manufacturing information for the pills.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - container: 5.1 cm Height x 1.9 cm Diam.
b - cap:1.5 cm Height x 2,0 cm Diam.
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Abbott Laboratories Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1942
1997
circa 1942-1997
Date Remarks
Based on the year Nembutal became a registered trademark, and the end of marketing by Abbott for Nembutal in capsule form.
Material
plastic: clear, yellow
paper: tan
ink: light green, dark blue, yellow, white
cotton: white
pills: brown
Inscriptions
Raised on cap: "Abbott"; printed on label: "12 CAPSULES (Yellow) // Pr NEMBUTAL* // (Pentobarbital Sodium, Abbott) // 100 mg. (1 1/2 gr.) // (0.1 Gm.) // Abbott // Usual dose: For hypnosis, 1 or 2 capsules. // List No. 3114 // COMPLIMENTARY PACKAGE // Lot D665-006 // ABBOTT LABORATORIES LTD. - MONTREAL"; raised on bottom of bottle: "CELLUPLASTIC // H // NEWARK. N J"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratching and discolouration of label.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Articles
Reference Comments
https://theconversation.com/we-dont-need-greater-access-to-nembutal-to-achieve-good-end-of-life-care-69147
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424120/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentobarbital
https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/viewTrademark?id=0181445&lang=eng&tab=reg
https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00312
https://www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.queensu.ca/science/article/pii/S0140673600434318
Research Facts
Nembutal is a barbiturate, a type of drug which depresses certain brain function. Nembutal was often used to treat sleep disorders and help induce sleep or relax patients, and to induce hypnosis. If too much of the drug is taken, a patient could stop breathing and die of an overdose. Because of this risk, barbiturates, including Nembutal, have been taken out of regular medical use over the past twenty years. However, it is often used in executions in the United States for capital punishment, as well as in assisted suicide.
Nembutal was synthesized at Abbott Laboratories in 1930 by Volwiler and Tabern.
Marilyn Monroe is believed to have died from an overdose of Nembutal.
Nembutal was also used as a basal anaesthetic, and, combined with other drugs, for childbirth. It reportedly did not have a bad taste aside from being slightly bitter, and patients complained little about it in that regard.
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