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German salvarsan kit, c 1912.

German salvarsan kit, c 1912.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


The kit was made by W Martindale but the actual drug was produced by Meister Lucius & Bruning (Hoechst am Main, Germany). Salvarsan, also known as an arsphenamine, is a synthetic, organic arsenic compound developed to treat syphilis by the German chemist Paul Ehrlich.

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