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Bottle of penicillin lozenges, England, 1949

The bottle would have contained fifty lozenges of penicillin made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co, but they have now separated into tiny pink granules. To take the medication, a lozenge was placed between the cheek and gum and allowed to dissolve slowly.

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    Glossary: penicillin

    The first antibiotic drug to treat infections which is made from the mould penicillium. Its discovery is attributed to Alexander Fleming in 1928.

    Glossary: bottle

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

    Glossary: antibiotic

    A substance that is used to treat infections.