Electrical bronchitis kettle, England, 1945-1960

Made:
1945-1960 in England
maker:
Allen & Hanburys Limited

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Bronchitis kettle, electrically powered, with flexible spout, by Allen and Hanburys, England, 1945-1960

Used in the treatment of bronchitis, the steam produced by the electric kettle helped the patient to breathe. Similar treatments were used for other ailments, such as whooping cough.

Menthol could be added to the water in the kettle to relieve congestion in the nose and chest and also assist with pain relief. The long spout of the kettle makes it ideal for this purpose. This kettle was made by Allen & Hanbury, but a bronchitis kettle could be improvised at home by lengthening the spout of a standard kettle with a tube of brown paper.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
1988-579
Materials:
metal, plastic, rubber
Measurements:
spout: 82 mm 25 mm,
type:
bronchitis kettle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Farnborough Hospital
status:
Permanent collection

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