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Medicine glass and minim measure, United Kingdom, 1870-1930

Medicine glasses and minim measures like these remained standard pieces of equipment for decades. They were used for accurately measuring out liquid medicines. A minim was a measurement used by apothecaries, equivalent to one drop of water. Two scales, in teaspoons and tablespoons, are scratched on to the side of the medicine glass, which was used to measure out larger quantities of medicines. These measures could have been used in the home, but were often carried by doctors or formed part of a nurse’s kit when carrying out home visits.

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Glossary: medicine glass

Glass made to a certain standard used to administer medicine.

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: minim measure

used to measure a minim - one sixteenth of a drachm, equivalent to one drop of water; unit of volume , specifically 1/60th of a fluidram or 1/480th of a fluid ounce. Used 1824-1963 in the United Kingdom; 1963 Weights and Measures Act provided for the abolition of the minim