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Brown glass bottle of ‘multigland liquor’, London, England, c. 1928

‘Glanoid’ is an early example of a hormone supplement used to treat anaemia, amenorrhoea, and menorrhagia. Its makers, Armour & Co. Ltd., was the London-based end of an American meat packing business that sold a wide range of animal products, including hormones. Many hormones that were once extracted from animals can now be made synthetically.

Object number:

A601300

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Glossary:

Glossary: bottle

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

Glossary: amenorrhoea

The abnormal absence of menstruation

Glossary: menorrhagia

abnormally heavy bleeding at menstruation

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: hormone

A substance produced in one part of the body which passes into the bloodstream and is then carried to other (distant) organs or tissues, where it acts to modify their structure or function