'Transpulmin' ampoules made from quinine and camphor, England, 1930-1970
‘Transpulmin’ is a treatment made from quinine and camphor. Quinine is used as a pain and fever reliever and camphor is used to soothe irritation and itching on the skin and could also kill bacteria. Each of the ingredients is extracted from the bark of a particular tree. ‘Transpulmin’ was used to treat infections of the chest and lungs, especially bronchitis, and was also used to help asthma. It was given by injection into the buttocks. This box came with twelve ampoules of the drug, an instruction leaflet and a metal file to open the glass ampoules. Now advertised as a natural medicine, ‘Transpulmin’ is still available.
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