Unopened metal bottle of ether, New York, United States, 1891-1930

Made:
1891-1930 in New York state
maker:
E R Squibb & Sons

Unopened metal bottle containing ether, by E.R. Squibb and Sons, New York, USA, 1891-1930

The maker, E R Squibb & Sons, sold ether as an anaesthetic to be inhaled and also as a stimulant and to relieve muscle spasms. Ether in this form can be injected or taken by mouth – in tiny quantities. Decades on, the bottle still contains 100 grams of ether.

Cans of this type were also adapted by Paluel Joseph Flagg (1866-1970) of New York to be used as an emergency inhaler. Empty cans were filled with the required amount of ether and air holes were punched into the lid. A tube attached to the top could then be inserted into the patient’s mouth.

Details

Category:
Anaesthesiology
Object Number:
A625466/1
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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