Inside a rather humble-looking box lie the secrets and mysteries of a Victorian chemist. A cachet machine was a rather clever device for manufacturing tablets. Machines like this made life easier for pharmacists and patients alike.
Rice paper was placed at the bottom of the mould, with the perfect dose of medicine funnelled above, before being sandwiched inside another piece of rice paper. It could then be pressed to the correct size. The resulting cachets would be softened by the patient in water before being swallowed.
The rice paper wasn't just for show, either. It helped to disguise the taste of bitter or unpleasant medicines. You might say that this little box is a medical time capsule and a reminder that a dash of creativity can make life a lot sweeter.
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