2006.185.1: Ampoules in Case, 20th Cent.

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2006.185.1: Ampoules in Case.
Image No. 2859 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Physician's pocket ampoule case with purple velvet lining and metal popper fasteners to hold 12 ampoules, containing 7 ampoules:1cc. Camphor in Oil [3grs.] No.4, 3 x 1cc Adrenalin chloride solution No.88, 3 x 1cc Digifortis No.173. 'MANLEY FINKLESTEIN, MD. COMPLIMENTS OF D. J. BERRYHILL' in embossed gold lettering on internal lid surface. Ampoule leaflet included. 5 ampoules and ampoule knife missing. Given dimensions are for closed case.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.185.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: 20th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 15.5 cm
  • Height: 2 cm
  • Width: 6.8 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with partial purple lining and popper fasteners
  • b) Ampoule containing 1cc. Camphor in Oil
  • c) Ampoule containing 1cc Adrenalin chloride solution
  • d) Ampoule containing 1cc Adrenalin chloride solution
  • e) Ampoule containing 1cc Adrenalin chloride solution
  • f) Ampoule containing 1cc Digifortis
  • g) Ampoule containing 1cc Digifortis
  • h) Ampoule containing 1cc Digifortis
  • i) Leaflet

Object Materials

  • drug-liquid,
  • glass,
  • gold print,
  • leather,
  • paper,
  • poison-liquid,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • unidentified coating,
  • velvet

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Parke, Davis & Co. Inc.
  • Owner: Dr. Sydney Segal
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Sidney Segal [1920-1997] who was a noted pediatrician and pioneer neonatologist. His pioneering work in neonatology included the invention of the first effective apparatus for natural breathing in infants with respiratory failure, the design of the first infant air transport system, and extensive research into cystic fibrosis and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). He was instrumental in the establishment of the first intensive care nursery in Canada at the Vancouver General Hospital in the 1960s and later pioneered research and clinical procedures to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome, an affliction of babies borne by drug-addicted mothers. Dr. Segal was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (1990) and of the Order of British Columbia (1993).