Pharmacist mincing drugs, 1950.
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A photograph of a pharmacist extracting drugs in a laboratory, taken by Macdonald for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1950. The pharmacist, Mr Alan Wilson, is here preparing 5000 pituitary glands, enough to produce 1000 doses of Adrenocorticotrophic hormone, or ACTH. It is useful in diagnosing certain diseases and in treating multiple sclerosis. ACTH is produced in the anterior pituitary gland. It stimulates the adrenal cortex to manufacture natural corticosteroids, hormones known for their anti-inflammatory effects. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.