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Bottle of 'Meloden' pills.

These bright tablets look more like silver buttons than a medical treatment. ‘Meloden’ tablets were used for the treatment of mental and physical exhaustion, anaemia and clinical depression and were available on prescription. One or two tablets, to be swallowed without chewing, were taken before or during meals.

Object number:

A640261

 

Glossary:

Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: anaemia

A shortage of haemoglobin (the pigment carrying oxygen in red blood cells). Symptoms include weakness, pale skin, breathlessness, faintness, palpitations, and lowered resistance to infection.

Glossary: drug

Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines. They affect the structure or function of a living organism.

Glossary: tablet

Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.

Glossary: depression

A mental state associated with acute sadness. Activity can be decreased, especially interaction with others, and sleep, appetite, and concentration can also be disturbed.