Dicynone is an antihemorrhagic drug used for more than 50 years, which increases resistance in the endothelium of capillaries and promotes platelet adhesion. It is a synthetic small molecule which combines dihydroxy-benzenesulfonic acid and ethylethanamine. This hemostatic drug, indicated in cases of capillary bleeding, displays angioprotective and proaggregant effects. In the past, the drug has been tested to stop bleeding secondary to cancers (in cases of gastric or endometrial cancer for example). Today, etamsylate (as a tablet or an injectable solution) is used as a vascular protector to reduce or to stop hemorrhages.
The illustration refers to the Battle of Navarino (today Pylos in Greece) on 20 October 1827, on the west coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832). The allied forces from France, Britain and Russia defeated the Ottoman forces trying to suppress the Greeks.
Dicynone was used to combat fragile blood vessels (vaisseaux in French, a word also used for the command ship (flagship) or “vaisseau amiral” in French).