Medicine chest, lid

The chest is divided into three lockable compartments. The lid contains several copies of a booklet with descriptions of various diseases and suggestions for treatment, and tubes of ointment for use such as frostbite, gout pain, eczema, burns and haemorrhoids.

This medicine chest was made for Roald Amundsen’s planned expedition across the Arctic Ocean in 1914, but was not taken when the Maud left after several postponements four years later.

Included among the chest’s contents are remedies for use against seasickness, gonorrhea, frostbite, sleep problems and coughing.

The drugs were manufactured and prepared by pharmacist Wilhelm Wang, doctor Alexander Severin Arnfinsen and ophthalmologist Birger Lykke.

Although many polar expeditions had experienced diseases and accidents, Amundsen never had his own doctor on his expeditions; instead he prepared some of the crew by having them learn skills like tooth extraction, treatment of fractures and care of wounds.

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1880
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1886
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1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
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1894
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1895
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1896
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1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
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1900
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1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1914
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1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
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2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital