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Quinine sulphate bottle, London, England, 1860-1910

Quinine sulphate bottle, London, England, 1860-1910

Credits: Science Museum

The glass bottle originally contained quinine sulphate, a treatment for and a preventative measure against malaria. The bottle was reused at a later date and now contains an unidentified drug. This probably was the fate of many of the quinine bottles produced. This bottle was probably reused in the Middle East or South East Asia, as indicated by the script on the label.

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    Glossary: bottle

    Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

    Glossary: malaria

    Parasitic disease transmitted by certain kinds of mosquito. Malaria is characterized by fever and enlargement of the spleen. Each year, there are approximately 515 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people.

    Glossary: quinine

    A substance taken to fight malaria. Quinine is found naturally in the bark of the cinchona tree. It is also an ingredient in tonic water.