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Copper still, Europe, 1890-1900

This copper still was used by manufacturing chemists as a condenser to make medical treatments called tinctures on a large scale. Tinctures are alcohol solutions of medicine. The still would have been used to make medicine from herbs such as belladonna. Tincture of belladonna is used to treat ulcers and diarrhoea.

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1983-201 Pt1

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Glossary: still

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Glossary: diarrhoea

Frequent movement of the bowels, commonly in liquid form.

Glossary: ulcer

An open sore caused by erosion of the body surface. An ulcer can occur on the inside or outside of the body. The two most common types are mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers.

Glossary: belladonna

Atropa Belladonna is a plant with bell-shaped flowers and black berries. The plant and flowers are poisonous. However, the roots and leaves are used in medical treatments and remedies.

Glossary: tincture

A solution of a medical substance (often a herb or natural plant material) in alcohol. Tinctures were commonly used as alternative medicines in the 1800s.

Glossary: condenser

An apparatus for condensing vapour.