Peruvian Bark

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Title

Peruvian Bark

Description

Powdered Peruvian Bark (Cinchona), labelled by Sir Stuart Threipland in his medicine chest as ‘Pul C: Peruvia’.

When mixed with milk, water or wine, powdered Peruvian bark created a drink which relieved pain and fevers. This will have been the primary use of the powder in Threipland’s time. In 1820, cinchona was discovered as the source of quinine, which was later prescribed to treat malaria, lupus and arthritis.

Date

Mid-18th century

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Citation

“Peruvian Bark ,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed July 24, 2019, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/339.