Snow's face mask for chloroform anaesthesia

Made:
1865-1875 in England
A625273, Bottle and tubing from Snow's inhaler for chloroform anaesthesia, face mask missing, by Savigny and Co.,

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A625273, Bottle and tubing from Snow's inhaler for chloroform anaesthesia, face mask missing, by Savigny and Co.,
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Snow's face mask for chloroform anaesthesia, English, c1870

The design of the face mask has been attributed to Francis Sibson (1814-76) and early examples were made of sheet lead. This example is made from brass and lined with felt. It would have been used by patients to inhale vapours of chloroform to enter a state of unconsciousness before surgery. It is shown here with John Snow’s chloroform inhaler (A625273).

Details

Category:
Anaesthesiology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A625286
Materials:
face mask, brass and face mask, velvet
type:
anaesthetic mask