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Case containing homeopathic medicines, England, 1870-1930

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Inscribed with the name “Dr Malan’s Family Medicine Chest”, this leather box contains thirty labelled glass tubes filled with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1833) and was brought to England in the 1830s. Homeopathy is based on the idea that like cures like; for instance, something that cures vomiting will, if given in a large enough dose, cause vomiting. The doses used in homeopathy are very small.

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    Glossary: medicine chest

    Small chests fitted for bottles and intended to hold medical supplies; of a type made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

    Glossary: homeopathy

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