Parrish's chemical food never contained arsenicBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.212b (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:212
- Caroline M Reed, Curator.
- Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London SE1 7JN
EDITOR—I have only recently seen the short item on the Minerva page submitted by Barrett.1 It is illustrated by a colour photograph of a finely preserved bottle of Parrish's chemical food, sold by A J Jull of The Pharmacy, Charlbury, Oxfordshire.
The caption to the photograph perpetuates a popular medical misapprehension–that the iron tonic Parrish's food contained arsenic and was withdrawn from sale some 30 years ago. Having checked through the wealth of sources available in …