Monthly Archives: October 2012

The mysteries of mercury

The medicine chest was closed for a week as some moving countries and organising a PhD defence had to be done, but now a new project has been started and it offers endless opportunities for new, fascinating blogs! As we … Continue reading

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Medicine chest or kitchen cabinet?

Over the past weeks, some nasty and exotic substances from nineteenth-century medicine chests have been presented. Today however, I am going to focus on some substances that are commonly found in nineteenth-century medicine chests, but that are also still in … Continue reading

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Quinine in the Arctic

Quinine – most of us have heard of it and associate it with the treatment of malaria. Recently a certain manufacturer of soft drinks even mentioned it again in a sort of mock-colonial advert for tonic water. Although tonic water … Continue reading

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Hidden opiates and mercury

About two weeks ago, I had coffee with the head of the conservation department of the National Maritime Museum. She asked me if I could mark the bottles and containers from the medicine chests in the database that had potentially … Continue reading

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