Ellis-type compound inhaler

Made:
1866-1885 in London
maker:
Savigny and Company

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Robert Ellis's compound inhaler for alcohol chloroform and ether mixture anaesthesia, originally intended for obstetrics, by Savigny and Co., London, 1866-1885

This anaesthetic inhaler could be used to give a combination of alcohol, ether and chloroform or just one of these components. It was originally intended for obstetrics and childbirth and was probably also used for surgical procedures. The proportion of mixture could be controlled easily and was measured on the engraved scale. The inhaler was invented by Robert Ellis (1822-1885). The face mask used to inhale the vapours was invented by John Snow (1813-1858), the first specialised anaesthetist in the United Kingdom.

Details

Category:
Anaesthesiology
Object Number:
A625282
Materials:
brass, cloth, fabri, glass, leather and metal
type:
inhaler
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Royal Society of Medicine