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Phenothiazine capsules, c 1960.


Phenothiazine capsules, c 1960.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


A photograph of drug capsules, taken by an unknown photographer for The People newspaper in about 1960. The pills contain Phenothiazine, a type of antipsychotic drug aimed at relieving schizophrenia. The introduction of 'wonderdrugs' such as penicillin during the middle of the Twentieth century led to a belief that drugs would eventually be able to treat a wide variety of ills, both physical and mental. Although great advances were made some drugs proved to be of little use whilst others proved to be dangerous or addictive. 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.

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