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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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:

  • Introduction (Page 1)
  • Chapter I: Origins of Drug Containers and Labels (page 3)
  • Chapter II: From Vials to Ovals (Page 19)
  • Chapter III: Shop Furniture (Page 51)
  • Chapter IV: Manufacturers of Containers and Labels (Page 71)
  • Chapter V: Poison Bottles and Labels (Page 91)
  • Chapter VI: Manufacturers of American Drug Bottles (Page 97)


  • A: Edward Stabler’s Purchases of 1792-1804 (Page 107)
  • B: William Stabler’s 1852 Inventory (page 115)
  • C: Prescription Bottles (Page 117)
  • D: Bottle Markings (Page 121)


  • History of Pharmacy (page 131)
  • Drug Containers (Page 131)
  • Drug Labels (Page 133)
  • Drug Catalogues (Page 135)
  • British Patents (page 136)
  • U.S. Patents (page 136)

Illustration Credits (page 139)

Index (Page 141)

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