Case 122 --

Lash's Bitters: Biochemical Analysis
of a Historical Proprietary Medicine


We withdrew a sample of the product through the cork with a 23 gauge needle attached to a 10 ml syringe. The product was pale ameber in color with a watery consistency and a distinct alcohol smell. The sample was analyzed using gas chromatography, mass spectrometry (Fig. 4) and atomic absorption (Fig. 5).


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