Object ID 001173
Object Name Colocynth apothecary bottle
Object Desc A clear empty glass apothecary bottle with cork and labeled Colocynth.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001015a-b
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Bay View Pharmacy
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End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Colocynth,medicine,bottles,apothecary bottles,drug stores,pharmacy,glassware,
Description A clear empty glass bottle with glass cork. The make of the bottle is unknown. There is a label that says Colocynth on the front. It is surrounded by a gold rectangle outline on a white background. There is another label on the back that is faded, making it illegible.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details 3 inches in diameter across the bottle opening. 8.25 inches circumference for the neck. 2.25 inches in height for the cover.
Place of Origin
Maker Details Colocynth has been widely used in folk medicine for centuries. Johann Weyer offers it as a cure for lycanthropy. Interest in its anti-inflammatory properties has been renewed in modern times. In pre-modern medicine it was an ingredient in the electuary called confectio hamech, or diacatholicon, and most other laxative pills; and in such cases as required purging, it was very successful. It is one of the most violent purgative drugs known; insomuch that it excoriates the passages to such a degree as to sometimes draw blood and induce a so-called "superpurgation". Some women used it in the same manner, in the beginning of pregnancy, to cause an abortion, which often occurred due to the violence of its operation. The powder of colocynth was sometimes used externally, with aloes, etc., in unguents, bandages, etc., with remarkable success against parasitic worms; and some, for the same purpose, recommended that the pulp be used as an enema.
Date JAN 9,2014
Summary Very Good
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes Bottle is in excellent shape. The label is stained.
Date JAN 9,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin