People's History of the NHS


Ether mask, c.1940-60

This mask was used by Doctors in the early years of the NHS. It is one part of a larger anaesthesia kit used for house calls to patients. A cloth rag would be placed over the metal wire, designed to keep the ether, which could cause irritation, away from a patient’s skin.
Accession number 2018.7.7

Courtesy, Royal College of Physicians

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