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A French, c, 1840 medical case from the followers of Camphor based theory of treatment by Dr. Raspail. Raspail was known as the "poor man's doctor". Fruitwood case with brass corners and handle.
Hidden compartment where poisons are stored for safe keeping - Tam's Apothecary cabinet. DEADLY AFFAIR
Historical note: In the early part of the 1800's, there were no drug stores and a household would typically have to administer medications which were available to the servants or other members of the family. The mahogany case above would be typical of one used in a household of obviously well-to-do people. In the colonies, these medical cases were used on the "plantations" and contained all sorts of plant extracts and chemicals of dubious use.