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Bottle of Ipecacuanaha Powder prepared by A.W. Richardson, Chemist and Druggist, Mount Barker

Date: c 1880
Overall: 94 x 34 x 34mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Paper, glass, organic powder (dried ipecacuanaha root)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Bottle
Object No: 00006102

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    A bottle of ipecacuanaha powder (Cephaelis ipecacuanha) prepared by A.W. Richardson, a chemist and druggist from Mount Barker in South Australia. Ipecacuanha was traditionally used as an emetic, a vomit inducing powder or syrup for emptying the stomach in cases of poisoning.
    SignificanceThis bottle of powder became part of a pharmaceutical chest orginally bought out from England in the mid C19.
    HistoryAdam Watson Richardson, born in Dunbar Scotland in 1826 and died in Mount Barker in 1894 was a chemist who carried on a business in Gawler Street, Mount Barker until he died on April 6 1894. Richardson had two brothers, both of whom were also chemists.
    Ipecacuanha is the dried root of Cephaelis ipecacuanha, a plant from Brazil and became popular in Europe in the late 1600's and onwards as a treatment for dysentery and bronchitis. Combined with opium it was the basis of Dover's Powder, developed by Thomas Dover and used as a treatment for fevers and was still popular into the C20.

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