Antique Wire Frame Anaesthesia Mask


An example of the  Schimmelbusch mask, an open breathing system for delivering an anesthetic. Invented by Curt Schimmelbusch in 1890 and used until the 1950s. The device consists of a wire frame which is covered with several beds of gauze and applied to the patient's face over the mouth and nose. Then high-volatility anesthetic (usually diethyl ether or halothane, and historically chloroform) is dripped on it, allowing the patient to inhale a mix of the evaporated anesthetic and air. 

Condition: Good condition, though slightly misshapen.

Age: Late 1800s to early 1900s.

Dimension: L 12cm H 7cm W 6cm

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