Four ampoules of anti gas gangrene serum

Made:
1934 in Paris
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Glass ampoules, 4, of gas-gangrene serum, by Laboratoire due Val de Grace, French, 1934

Gas gangrene is an infection caused by bacteria in soil finding its way into wounds that have not been cleaned properly. As the flesh and tissue decay a foul smelling gas is given off. This ampoule of serum contains antibodies from an animal infected with the disease. Injected into a patient, this serum was used to prevent or cure the infection. Treatment today is usually by antibiotics, and surgery to remove the dead and infected tissue to prevent further spread of the bacteria. The infection was an especially feared complication of wounds in the First World War. Gangrene was often fatal before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A629772
Materials:
glass
Measurements:
overall: 95 mm 21 mm, 0.03 kg
type:
immune serum

Parts

Ampoule of Anti Gas-Gangrene Serum

Ampoule of Anti Gas-Gangrene Serum

Single glass ampoule, one of four, of gas-gangrene serum, by Laboratoire due Val de Grace, French, 1934

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Gas gangrene is an infection caused by bacteria in soil finding its way into wounds that have not been cleaned properly. As the flesh and tissue decay a foul smelling gas is given off. This ampoule of serum contains antibodies from an animal infected with the disease. Injected into a patient, this serum was used to prevent or cure the infection. Treatment today is usually by antibiotics, and surgery to remove the dead and infected tissue to prevent further spread of the bacteria. The infection was an especially feared complication of wounds in the First World War. Gangrene was often fatal before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s.

Measurements:
overall: 95 mm 21 mm, 0.03 kg
Materials:
glass
Object Number:
A629772 Pt2
type:
immune serum
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Four ampoules of anti gas gangrene serum, Paris, France, 1934

Four ampoules of anti gas gangrene serum, Paris, France, 1934

Single glass ampoule, one of four, of gas-gangrene serum, by Laboratoire due Val de Grace, French, 1934

More

Gas gangrene is an infection caused by bacteria in soil finding its way into wounds that have not been cleaned properly. As the flesh and tissue decay a foul smelling gas is given off. This ampoule of serum contains antibodies from an animal infected with the disease. Injected into a patient, this serum was used to prevent or cure the infection. Treatment today is usually by antibiotics, and surgery to remove the dead and infected tissue to prevent further spread of the bacteria. The infection was an especially feared complication of wounds in the First World War. Gangrene was often fatal before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s.

Measurements:
overall: 95 mm 21 mm, 0.03 kg
Materials:
glass
Object Number:
A629772 Pt3
type:
immune serum
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Four ampoules of anti gas gangrene serum, Paris, France, 1934

Four ampoules of anti gas gangrene serum, Paris, France, 1934

Single glass ampoule, one of four, of gas-gangrene serum, by Laboratoire due Val de Grace, French, 1934

More

Gas gangrene is an infection caused by bacteria in soil finding its way into wounds that have not been cleaned properly. As the flesh and tissue decay a foul smelling gas is given off. This ampoule of serum contains antibodies from an animal infected with the disease. Injected into a patient, this serum was used to prevent or cure the infection. Treatment today is usually by antibiotics, and surgery to remove the dead and infected tissue to prevent further spread of the bacteria. The infection was an especially feared complication of wounds in the First World War. Gangrene was often fatal before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s.

Measurements:
overall: 95 mm 21 mm, 0.03 kg
Materials:
glass
Object Number:
A629772 Pt4
type:
immune serum
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum