Tincture of cacao bean: Lyon, France, date unknown

This was part of a trove of old pharmaceutical bottles I found in 2005 at a rural marché aux puces in the Isère department in southeastern France.  The label lists the pharmacist as R. Dubreuil and the address as 115, Avenue Lacassagne in Lyon; today, this area has been entirely rebuilt with large and dispiriting public housing estates.  Tincture of cacao is now most often blended with a drinking alcohol such as vodka, the line between medicine and entertainment always having been fairly porous.


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