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Dispensing pot for hemlock extract, Italy, 1771-1830

The jar labelled “Extr: Cicut: Storc”, second from the right, once stored Störck’s Extract of Hemlock. Used to treat cancers and tumours, the treatment was invented by Anton Störck (1731-1803), who was a Viennese medical professor. Hemlock is a poisonous plant. The jar, one of four shown here, was presented as a gift to the Wellcome collection on the previous owner’s death in 1932.

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    pot used to contain ointments, medications, perfumes

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