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Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O. Museum of Osteopathic Medicine

Object Record

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Title Fluid Extract No.358
Object Name Bottle, Medicine
Credit line Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O Medical Museum
Year Range from 1930
Description Fluid Extract No.358
Podophyllum (Mandrake)
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, IND, USA

Podophyllum is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.
It is highly poisonous when taken by mouth. Nevertheless, some people take it orally for yellowed skin (jaundice), liver ailments, fever, syphilis, hearing loss, and cancer. Podophyllum is also used to empty the bowels, kill parasitic worms in the intestine, and counteract snakebite. Some women take it to cause an abortion.
Podophyllum has been used as a laxative. (It was an ingredient in Carter's Little Liver Pills.) But it has been removed from the market due to safety concerns.
Podophyllum is applied directly to the skin for removal of warts, including plantar warts and sexually transmitted (venereal) warts. It is also used topically for treating pre-cancerous white patches on the tongue and mouth (oral hairy leukoplakia).
Intravaginally, podophyllum is used to treat gynecologic infections.

Search Terms Apothecary
Bottle
Glass
Pharmaceutical
Pharmacy
Subjects Bottles
Medical equipment & supplies
Pharmaceutical industry
Collection Eli Lilly & Co. Bottles
Accession number Pharma. 3