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Glass bottle, containing 'anti-hysteria water', Florence, It

Science Museum, London


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‘Anti-hysteria water’ is contained in this moulded glass bottle. It was produced by the pharmacy of the Carthusian Monastery, near Florence in Italy. The water was taken with a cup of coffee with a third of a cup of water and a little sugar. This created ‘an aromatic drink that calms nervous excitation.’ Monasteries often produced such simple remedies and cures for general sale. In the 1800s, hysteria was a broad diagnosis applied to women with ‘nervous’ conditions. maker: Carthusian Monastery pharmacy Place made: Certosa, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy



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