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Steam-heated crucible, London, England, 1910-1930

Syrups made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water were prepared in this steam-heated crucible. Drugs were added to syrups by manufacturing chemists to make liquid medicines. The sweet tasting syrup made medicines easier to take – clearly, a spoonful of sugar certainly helps the medicine go down.

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Glossary: crucible

A metal or ceramic container that is used to heat metals to high temperatures.