History of Drug Containers and Their Labels

History of Drug Containers and Their Labels

Author: George Griffenhagen and Mary O. Bogard
Publisher: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Year Published: 1999
Pages: 150
ISBN: 0-931292-33-6
Series: AIHP Monograph Series #17
Price: $19.95 ($11.95 for members)

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Introduction: There are several excellent books that describe the development of the drug container in individual countries, but few review the worldwide development from origin to the present. As for drug labels, there are only two books that have been published dealing exclusively with the development of the drug label; one was published in Germany in 1982, and the other was published in Holland in 1984, Since a comprehensive study of drug container should also take into consideration the label, this study breaks new ground.

Table of Contents:

1: Introduction

3: Chapter I – Origins of Drug Containers and Labels

19: Chapter II – From Vials to Ovals

51: Chapter III – Shop Furniture

71: Chapter IV – Manufacturers of Containers and Labels

91: Chapter V – Poison Bottles and Labels

97: Chapter VI – Manufacturers of American Drug Bottles


107: A – Edward Stabler’s Purchases of 1792-1804

115: B – William Stabler’s 1852 Inventory

117: C – Prescription Bottles

121: D – Bottle Markings


131: History of Pharmacy

131: Drug Containers

133: Drug Labels

135: Drug Catalogues

136: British Patents

136: U.S. Patents

139: Illustration Credits

141: Index

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