2006.438.1: Ampoules in Case, 1920-1950

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2006.438.1: Ampoules in Case.
Image No. 2856 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Physician's pocket ampoule case with purple velvet lining and metal popper fasteners containing 12 ampoules: 3 x 1cc. Ergone 0.5%, 3 x 1cc. Digifortis, 3 x 1cc. Pituitrin 0.5%, 1cc. Camphor In Oil [camphor 0.2gm. 3gr.), 1cc. Pitressin, Chloretone 0.5%, 1.5cc. Coramine [Nikethamide B.P.]. Inner lid of case embossed with gold lettering reading: 'Dr. G. W. Bissett COMPLIMENTS OF N. E. SUDDABY'. Ampoule knife missing. Given dimensions are for closed case.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.438.1
Collection: Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Date: 1920-1950

Object Dimensions

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

Object Parts

  • a) Case with partial velvet lining and popper fasteners
  • b) Ampoule containing 1cc. Ergone
  • c) Ampoule containing 1cc. Ergone
  • d) Ampoule containing 1cc. Ergone
  • e) Ampoule containing 1cc. Digifortis
  • f) Ampoule containing 1cc. Digifortis
  • g) Ampoule containing 1cc. Digifortis
  • h) Ampoule containing 1cc. Pituitrin
  • i) Ampoule containing 1cc. Pituitrin
  • j) Ampoule containing 1cc. Pituitrin
  • k) Ampoule containing 1cc. Camphor In Oil
  • l) Ampoule containing 1cc. Pitressin
  • m) Ampoule containing 1.5cc. Coramine

Object Materials

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

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Parke, Davis & Co. Inc. (ampoules b-l)
  • Manufacturer of part m) : Ciba Company Ltd.
  • Owner: Dr George William Clement Bissett
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. George William Clement Bissett (1894-1958). Dr. Bissett graduated from McGill University in 1917. After serving in WWI he returned to B.C. and practiced medicine in Nanaimo from 1920-26, Trail-Rossland Clinic 1927-29, and Duncan 1930-41. During WWII he again served overseas with the Army Medical Corps. In 1946 Dr. Bissett returned to Vancouver Island and established a practice in Victoria, becoming a Surgical Consultant at the Veterans’ Hospital when it opened in 1947, and later in 1954 an Assistant Superintendent.