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Brown glass bottle of phosphorus, zinc and strychnine pills, London, England, 1920-1940

Not much is known about why someone would take these pills. Strychnine is a stimulant for the central nervous system and may have been used to treat nerve disorders. High doses of this plant extract are poisonous. The pills are coated with gelatine so they are easy to swallow.

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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: strychnine

A naturally occurring drug derived from trees. In small doses strychnine functions as a central nervous system stimulant, but in higher doses it is extremely poisonous.

Glossary: central nervous system

Consisting of the brain and spinal cord, it controls the activity of the body through nerve tissues.