Face mask for Clover's chloroform inhaler

George Barth and Company

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Clover chloroform inhaler with case lacking lid, by Coxeter, London, 1862-1894. Overhead view of whole object against
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Face mask for use with Clover's chloroform inhaler, by Barth and Co.

Joseph Thomas Clover (1825-1882) invented the inhaler with which this face mask was used. The inhaler was used for chloroform anaesthesia.

Inhaling the fumes of anaesthetic was the preferred way of numbing the patient to perform painful surgical procedures. The patient breathed in the vapour through this face mask.

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Object Number:
A600332 Pt1
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cotton (textile), leather and wood (unidentified)
anaesthetic mask
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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