Acknowledgements: The “Cachet Plate” and “Pill Crusher” were photographed at the Calvary Hospital with the kind permission of Terry Ormond OAM, the museum curator. Information about the cachet machine was provided by Geoff C Miller, Secretary and Treasurer of he Australian Academy of The History of Pharmacy. Capsule making was observed and photographed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Department of Pharmacology, courtesy of Mr. Kevin Williams.
The manual production of tablets and capsules are now of historical interest only.In the last century they were made in small quantities using the active ingredients, binding agent, fillers and mixers, according to the doctor’s prescription. They were compressed manually in a mould sometimes using a hammer.