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TITLE
Telegraph Order to Kyle Pharmacy for Digitalis
EXTERNAL ID
Z_HCD_DOC_0024
PLACENAME
Ardelve
DISTRICT
South West Ross
DATE OF IMAGE
1924
PERIOD
1920s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
7410
KEYWORDS
telegraph
pharmacy
drugs
Telegraph Order to Kyle Pharmacy for Digitalis

Duncan Macpherson set up his pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912 and supplied not only medicines and other chemist related items such as toothbrushes and shampoos, but also tourist information, postcards and photographic materials.

Letters, postcards and informal notes were used to request goods, and also Post Office Telegraphs. This one has been sent from the butcher in Ardelve asking for one ounce of tincture of Digitalis. Well known as the poisonous Foxglove plant, Digitalis Purpurea, the leaves have been used for centuries for various ailments, but particularly those associated with the heart. The drug increases the activity of all forms of muscle tissue, especially the heart and arterioles, raising blood pressure while regulating the pulse. Digitalis accumulates in the body with poisonous effect, therefore has to be administered under strict medical supervision. A method of preparing the drug safely was given in the "Chemist and Druggist" 1922


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Telegraph Order to Kyle Pharmacy for Digitalis

1920s

telegraph; pharmacy; drugs

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (documents)

Duncan Macpherson set up his pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912 and supplied not only medicines and other chemist related items such as toothbrushes and shampoos, but also tourist information, postcards and photographic materials.<br /> <br /> Letters, postcards and informal notes were used to request goods, and also Post Office Telegraphs. This one has been sent from the butcher in Ardelve asking for one ounce of tincture of Digitalis. Well known as the poisonous Foxglove plant, Digitalis Purpurea, the leaves have been used for centuries for various ailments, but particularly those associated with the heart. The drug increases the activity of all forms of muscle tissue, especially the heart and arterioles, raising blood pressure while regulating the pulse. Digitalis accumulates in the body with poisonous effect, therefore has to be administered under strict medical supervision. A method of preparing the drug safely was given in the "Chemist and Druggist" 1922 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>