Morton's Ether Inhaler (1846) - facsimile

This facsimile of the first Ether Inhaler used by William T.G. Morton during his first public demonstration of surgical anaesthesia, on October 16, 1846, can be seen in one of the showcases of The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre and Museum in London. The apparatus mad by Morton "contained a sea sponge which absorbed ether. Air was drawn over the ether through one aperture and inhaled through another. A leather flap valve by the mouthpiece ensured unidirectional flow"1.

  • Photo by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (August 2011), courtesy of Trish Willis, Heritage and Records Manager of AAGBI

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