The mahogany medicine chest contains boxes, bottles and tubes of medications to treat a number of conditions. The chest includes treatments to purge the body by vomiting (emetics), by sweating (diaphoretics), as well as general purgatives such as rhubarb, jalap and calomel. Other medications include pain relief, such as opium plus astringents and stimulants, including ginger and lavender. The chest contains a handwritten inventory listing the medications.
Poison is a reoccurring object resulting in death. It first killed King Hamlet in order for Claudius to gain his power as king. Claudius's plan to kill Hamlet also dealt with a poisonous sword and poisoned wine. It eventually backfired on him killing Gertrude and Laertes.