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 have seen before, mercury was a hughely popular substance in nineteenth- century drugs, but thatContinue reading “The mysteries of mercury”

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 most kitchens today. “Spirit of Hartshorn” for example, sounds very mysterious, but is in factContinue reading “Medicine chest or kitchen cabinet?”