Ethyl chloride spray, United Kingdom, 1925–1940

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Ethyl chloride spray, United Kingdom, 1925–1940. The metal nozzle was designed to spray liquid ethyl chloride on to a face mask to be inhaled by the patient. The vapours acted as a general anaesthetic, putting the patient to sleep so that operations could be carried out. However, by the 1900s the spray was considered by anaesthetists to be more suitable for inducing, rather than maintaining, anaesthesia. Bottle. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: udh4bxpm.

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