Drug jar for Water Germander electuary, England, 1720–1780

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Drug jar for Water Germander electuary, England, 1720–1780. This drug jar is labelled “DIASCORD”, an abbreviation of the full Latin name Diascodrium. This translates as “water germander”, which was a thick liquid medical preparation (known as an electuary) that had a similar consistency to honey. It contained a range of ingredients and existed in a variety of different recipes – some including opium. Among the conditions it was at times used to treat were diarrhoea, dysentery, plague, colic and fevers. It could induce sleep and was recommended for women during childbirth. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: a5pkfy8m.

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