Anaesthetic apparatus, England, 1880-1910

Made:
1880-1910 in England
maker:
George Barth and Company
and
Mayer and Meltzer

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Anaesthetic apparatus for inhaling gases, invented by Clover, iron box with two canisters, tubing and air valve, Mayer and Meltzer maker, Barth, maker of nitrous oxide canister, English, 1880-1910

Inhaling anaesthetics was the preferred way of numbing a patient before painful surgical operations. Joseph Thomas Clover (1825-82) used both nitrous oxide and ether to anaesthetise his patients. He used nitrous oxide first as it was a more pleasant experience for the patient and then prolonged the anaesthetic with ether. The patient inhaled the vapours through the face mask. Clover claimed that his apparatus, invented between 1874 and 1876, quickly anaesthetised patients, was good value for money, and could control the dosage of anaesthetic easily.

Details

Category:
Anaesthesiology
Object Number:
A639510
Materials:
air valve, aluminium, box, iron, canister (ether), copper, canister (nitrous, brass, canister (nitrous, iron and oxide
type:
inhaler
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment