Chloroform Liniment - For Outward Use, Poison




Chloroform Liniment - For Outward Use, Poison


Chloroform Liniment, prepared by Duncan, Flockhart & Co., Chemists to the Queen. Chloroform liniment is a cream or balm mixture of chloroform which was prescribed to relieve muscle pain and alleviate stiffness. In addition to its use as a topical cream, a chloroform liniment composed of egg white and chloroform was prescribed to relieve toothache. Duncan, Flockhart & Co. was the first British producer of chloroform, after being commissioned by James Young Simpson (1811-1870) to manufacture it in 1847.

Chloroform liniment poisoning was common throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before the dangers of chloroform became more widely recognised. Along with a similar medicine known as A.B.C. Liniment (Aconite, Belladonna, Chloroform), there were many instances of poisoning and at least one accidental death. Ingestion of chloroform liniment was also a frequent method of suicide. Today, chloroform is treated as an extremely hazardous substance and may be linked with causing cancer. It is most well-known for its criminal reputation.

Directions for use: Outward use only.


19th century

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