Story: Primary health care

Early care: patent medicines (1st of 3)

Early care: patent medicines

Patent medicines were trademarked medicinal preparations sold under particular brand names. They could be bought from general stores and pharmacies without a doctor's prescription, and so formed part of many households' medicine cabinets in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These patent medicines were part of a collection in a museum above John Castle's pharmacy in Newtown, Wellington. They were photographed in 1981.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Industry-Medicines and pharmaceutical-06
Photograph by Jack Short

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Early primary health care, mid-19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019