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    Physicians sample

    I found this Physicians sample marked, "Physicians Sample, Lapactic Pills, Dose 1 to 2 Pills, Sharp and Dohme, Baltimore MD." It is 2 inches long and had sewing machine needles in it when opened. It has a cap that unscrews and is made of aluminum. Any help dating this is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Re: Physicians sample

    According to Google Books, it was introduced about 1887. As it contained Ipecac, Belladonna and Strychnine; an overdose could relieve a patient's last complaint.

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    Re: Physicians sample

    Atropa belladonna is speculated to have been used by Juliet, in Shakespeares Romeo & Juliet, in her sleeping potion. According to old legends, the plant belongs to the devil who takes care of it as the need arises, and only takes a night off once a year. That date is Walpurgis, when he prepares for the witches' sabbath.

    Historically, belladonna derivatives have been used as an antidote to many poisonous substances, including chloroform, opium, and the deadly insecticide, parathion. Hmmm,

    Ipecac is a native Brazilian word which in Guarani means ip, small; kaa, plont; quan, causing vomiting.2


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    All I know for sure is the tube is pre-1953. That's the year Sharp and Dohme merged with Merck and became MSD. Sharp and Dohme was a leader in the pharmaceutical industry for the first half of the 20th C.

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    Re: Physicians sample

    I agree 1890's. "samples will be mailed on application"
    http://books.google.com/books?id=3zu...lls%22&f=false
    The general tonic effect of Strychnine upon the stomach and bowels and its direct action upon the sympathetic make it a valuable addition to the permanent cure of habitual constipation and atonic dyspepsia.


    Someone was selling some physicians sample medicine tins but I couldnt pull it up.
    Buy 13 Antique Medicine Tins Bottle Pkg Booklets Medical #3 For ...Physicians Sample - Lapactic Pills - Sharp & Dohme, Baltimore, Maryland. Embossed aluminum vial with screw cap. Nice. 10. Phillips Milk of Magnesia - 30 ...
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    Re: Physicians sample

    And the tube makes a cool needle holder!! I wish I had a couple. Tony
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    Re: Physicians sample

    Thanks to everyone for the input! I agree that this one is solved! Thanks again!
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