Vapo Cresoline

Title

Vapo Cresoline

Subject

Medicine
Internal Medicine

Description

Vapo-cresolene was a cure-all for lung conditions, manufactured in New York City, claiming to cure “whooping cough, spasmodic croup, nasal catarrh, colds, bronchitis, coughs, sore throat, pneumonia, the paroxysms of asthma and hay fever, the bronchial complications of scarlet fever and measles and as an aid in the treatment of diphtheria and certain inflammatory throat diseases.”
It was meant to be vaporized over a kerosine lamp and breathed in.
Cresolene was a by-product of coal tar, and was usually used as a disinfectant. By the 1940s it was recognized by the FDA to be extremely toxic, but the Vapo-Cresolene company continued production into the 1950s.
Part of the paper label still remains.
Two identical bottles of Vapo-cresolene were found in site 9Da89, in different locations.

Source

https://www.nursing.virginia.edu/news/flashback-cresolene/
https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/MunseyVapo-cresolene.pdf
https://onbeyondholcombe.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/vapo-cresolene/

Publisher

Phoenix Project

Date

1900-1930

Contributor

Emmett Cantkier

Format

Weight: 71.7g
W: 36mm
H: 102mm

Type

Glass
Bottle

Identifier

p537, ACC 133

Coverage

9DA89

Collection

Citation

“Vapo Cresoline,” The Phoenix Project , accessed May 29, 2024, http://martaphoenixproject.gsuanthropology.com/items/show/80.

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