Tuesday, October 01, 2013

1870: The year of the portable inhalers

Here are some advertisements for inhalers that ran on the same page as the Nelson Inhaler in the December 24, 1870, edition of the British Medical Journal: (1)

MAW'S DOUBLE VALVED
EARTHENWARE INHALER 
For the inhalation of vapour of Hot Water, either alone or impregnated with Ether, Chloriform, Henbane, Creosote, Vinegar, etc, in affections of the throat and bronchial tubes, Asthma, Consumption, etc. For this apparatus, is especially adapted for Chloriform, Ether and other active volatile substances, as from its construction the exact quantity required may be inhaled. The lower valve opens only during inhalation, whilest the exhaled breath passes freely from the upper valve, instead of through the vessel, dissipating a large portion of the medicated vapour, as is the case in the use of most other inhalers.

Price to the Trade, 4s 6d. each; Retail, 7s 
DESCRIPTIVE HANDBILLS ON APPLICATION
S. MAW, SON, AND THOMPSON 
10,11 & 12, ALDERSGATE STREET, LONDON, E.E.

MAW'S EARTHENWARE INHALER, double-valved, with mouth piece, as Fig. 4 .... 0 5 6NELSON'S EARTHENWARE INHALER, as Fig. 5 040 (1, page 672)
Here's the second advertisement, which is for the Eclectic Inhaler.  According to Mark Sanders at the Inhalatorium.com it's an inhaler described in the 1871 book, "The Laryngoscope’ which was "written by the famous physician Morell Mackenzie".  (2)


 Eclectic Inhaler with mouthpiece (2)
BULLOCK AND REYNOLDS' 
 ECLECTIC INHALER 
AS RECOMMENDED BY DR. MORRELL MACKENZIE
Physician for the hospital for Disease of the Throat; and assistant physician to the London Hospital
 This apparatus can be used for all medicated vapours, and may be employed from all positions of the patient.  It requires no effort on inspiration, insures the thorough medication, of the vapour, and accurately maintains the temperature desired.

Price with thermometer: Wholesale 7s 6d; Retail 10 s 0d each
Ditto with Stand and Spirit Lamp comlete:  Wholesale 9s 6d; Retail 12s 6d. 
DESCRIPTIVE HANDBILLS ON APPLICATION
S. MAW, SON, AND THOMPSON 
10,11 & 12, ALDERSGATE STREET, LONDON, E.E.

I am certain the zero in the price their is a typing error. However, I'm not traveling in my time machine just to find out. Sorry.

Below is a review of the new Eclectic Inhaler from the July 16, 1870 edition of the British Medical Journal:  (3)

INVENTIONS, &c.,
IN
MEDICINE, SURGERY, DIETETICS, AND
THE ALLIED SCIENCES
A NEW INHALER

Messes. Maw & Son have supplied us with a description of Dr. Morrell Mackenzie's new "Eclectic Inhaler."  It is believed that this apparatus combines, in a manner hitherto unattained, the qualities necessary for a perfect inhaler.  It holds a considerable quantity of water, and has a large chamber for mixed air and medicated vapour; it can be kept at a nearly uniform temperature for a considerable time; it's use requires but little effort on the part of the patient, and it may be employed either in the sitting or incumbent posture. 

The inhaler will probably be exhibited at the annual meeting of the Association, when members will, no doubt, be able to inspect it.


Reference:
  1. Hard, Ernest, editor, "Maw's double valved earthenware inhaler," British Medical JournalThe Journal of the British Medical Association, volume II, July-December, 1870, (December 24, page 672 of this publication)
  2. Sanders, Mark, "Inhalatorium.com," Eclectic Inhaler, page 181, 
  3. Hart, Ernest, editor, "Inventions etc. in medicine, su rgery, dietetics, and the allied sciences: A new inhaler," British Medical Journal: The Journal of the British Medical Association, 1870, July 16, volume II, London, page 67
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