Pu Ipec. C. Op

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Title

Pu Ipec. C. Op

Description

This bottle is empty.

Probably Puluerem Ipepacuanha cum Opium
Ipecac, or ipecacuanha, is the dried root of a plant originating in the Americas. In this medicinal chest, it is listed as ‘pu’, shorthand for puluerem, meaning powdered. It was used to induce vomiting and is no longer used because it is poisonous to humans.
Usually prescribed for its sedative properties, opium in this case was probably combined with ipecac to alleviate pain.

Dr William Cullen utilised this combination with his patients for pain and stomach relief.

Date

19th century

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OBJ/OBJ/3/5

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Citation

“Pu Ipec. C. Op,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed October 20, 2019, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/681.