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Medicine box

Object Number: 
Z.1508
Date: 
1820-1870
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
embossed: on lid: "PREVENTIVE AND CURE / FOR THE / YELLOW FEVER / SOLD / WHOLESALE AND RETAIL / ONLY BY THE / PROPRIETORS AGENT / MR GOLDING / No 42 CORNHILL / LONDON"
Description: 
Rectangular sheet metal box with hinged lid with embossed inscriptions.
Gallery Label: 
This box originally contained medicine that was supposed to prevent and cure yellow fever, one of the deadliest infectious diseases of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Unfortunately for patients, medicines for yellow fever were useless at best and poisonous at worst. Doctors did not learn how to prevent yellow fever until 1937, and there is no cure even today.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group