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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997016004
Description
Ether inhaler, which consists of a hollow covered round metal container with four rubber feet on the bottom; the top of the inhaler has a central movable dial which administers 2-20% volume ether; there is a scale printed at the top back with a close button at the left side; the right side of the i…
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Accession Number
997016004
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- inhaler
Description
Ether inhaler, which consists of a hollow covered round metal container with four rubber feet on the bottom; the top of the inhaler has a central movable dial which administers 2-20% volume ether; there is a scale printed at the top back with a close button at the left side; the right side of the inhaler has a round intake area and the left side has an outgoing nozzle; the front of the inhaler has a glass and metal ether level indicator at the left, a plunger in the centre and another glass and metal indicator at the right; the bottom of the inhaler has a round threaded water drain plug on a metal chain.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Dr. John Wilbur Desmond.
Maker
Longworth Scientific Inst. Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Abingdon
Site Made (State)
Berkshire
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
metal: silver; grey
paint: light grey
rubber: black
glass: clear
Inscriptions
The top dial reads, "CLOSE FOR // TRANSIT // ETHER // VOL %" and is labelled in increments from 2 to 20%; the top of the dial reads, "E.M.O. // ETHER // INHALER"; the level indicator is labelled, "F // ETHER // LEVEL // E" and the plunger is labelled, "ETHER"; the back of the inhaler has a manufacturer's label which reads, "E.M.O. // ETHER INHALER // SERIAL No ["o" underlined and superscr.] 7570 // LONGWORTH SCIENTIFIC INST. Co. LTD // ABINGDON, BERKS. // MADE IN ENGLAND"; the plug at the bottom is stamped, "H2O ["2" subscr.]"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-E2-3
Dimension Notes
Length: 18.7 cm. x Diam. : 23.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
The inhaler arrived very dirty and dusty; the inhaler has minor paint chipping and wear; there is no corrosion visible; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Ward's Anaesthetic Equipment" by Andrew Davey, John T.B. Moyle and Crispian S. Ward, 1992, p. 93 (see attached photocopy); "Understanding Anaesthesia Equipment - Construction, Care and Complications" by Jerry A. Dorsch, M.D. and Susan E. Dorsch, M.D., 1975, pp. 107-110
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery, Anaesthesia exhibit - Oct. 2, 1997-Oct. 24, 2001
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Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder [advertising ink blotter]

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001871
Description
Thick paper blotter; front: right has ad for Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder; left has facsimile of a painting of two men camping our and a bear approaching them; back: pink blotting paper with ink marks and stamp outlines.
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Accession Number
996001871
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Commerce
Advertising
Veterinary Drugs
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Thick paper blotter; front: right has ad for Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder; left has facsimile of a painting of two men camping our and a bear approaching them; back: pink blotting paper with ink marks and stamp outlines.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
The Bell Wonder Medicine Co.
Site Made (City)
Alexandria Bay
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: black; pink; yellow; orange; blue
Inscriptions
"NEW GRAIN CAUSES // COLIC AND INDIGESTION // GIVE // DR. BELL'S // VETERINARY // MEDICAL WONDER // Two to four doses are generally sufficient. // "YOUR DRUGGIST HAS IT" THE BELL WONDER MEDICINE CO. // INCORPORATED // ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. // 197 A WELCOME GUEST // MADE IN U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.0 cm. x Width: 8.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; left edge back is stained
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Research Facts
Veterinarian Dr. George W. Bell (1858-1927), graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College 1880; practised veterinary medicine in the U.S. for 13 years. Returning to Kingston he established a veterinarian clinic on Brock Street, and continued to produce his patent medicines for use in farm livestock and pet animals under the business name of ‘Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company’. Dr. Bell made both veterinary and human remedies.
Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine was used as a sort of "cure all" but especially in the treatment of colic and inflammation and for cough and chills. The ingredients were aconite, belladonna, digitalis and nux vomica (strychnine).
He was principal (1895-1897) for the new Kingston Veterinary College at Queen’s University. By 1919 he was the milk inspector.
The operation of Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company was headed by his son. In 1936 when the United States Food and Drug Administration accused Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company of “misbranding.” Bottles were seized and analyzed under the Food and Drug Act. Labelled at 40 per cent alcohol, the tests concluded the mixture contained between 63 per cent and 65 per cent per bottle. Legal action ensued. In later years, the once-respected and prosperous company was labelled as quackery.
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instrument case

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Dates
1918
circa 1918
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire s…
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Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Military Medicine
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire supports; there are eight of the larger (1.7 cm) clips and four of the smaller (1.5 cm) clips; also included underneath one of the felt clips are three paper envelopes for scalpel blades of various sizes (b-d) and one wax paper envelope containing a scalpel blade (e); owner's name applied to back of case via fabric tape.
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - case - Size (closed): Length 19.6 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
b - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.7 cm x Width 1.9 cm
c - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.5 cm x Width 1.9 cm
d - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.4 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - envelope - Size (folded): Length 6.7 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 0.09 cm
f - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
g - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Walter Little Carruthers; donated to the Academy of Medicine, which later donated it to the Museum of Health Care.
Site Made (Country)
(b-c) USA; (e) England
Dates
1918
circa 1918
Date Remarks
Dr. Carruthers was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 1918 and discharged in August of 1918
Material
leather: black, brown
fabric: navy, cream, black
metal: black, grey, yellow
paper: green, cream, black, red
Inscriptions
On back of case (a): "W. L. CARRUTHERS // LIEUT. // R. C. A. M. C."; on back of front snap: "903 . PAT [illegible, might be "L E"]"; on back of top snap: "C_F_Co // U. S. F."; front of envelope (b): "6 BLADES // SIZE 10 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE // BARD-PARKER // COMPANY // INC. // New York"; back of envelope on flap: "MADE IN U. S. A."; front of envelope (c): "6 BLADES // SIZE 11 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE"; back of envelope: "Made in U.S.A."; front of envelope (d): "No 21"; back of envelope: "FINEST // SURGEON'S // BLADE"; on blade at base: "21"; on blade (e) at base: "D"; by blade: "GILETTE // MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-16
Condition Remarks
#2: Leather on (a) is brittle and flaking in some places; felt is faded at corners and flaps are thinning; clips on (g) show some green corrosion product; all paper envelopes show some wear and minor tearing; blades in excellent condition
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Kny-Scheerer catalogue, 1915, p. 2252 (similar to clips in case 6618); Oxford Index website; "Ontario Roots" genealogy website (Russ McGillivray); University of Toronto Varsity War Supplement (1915); CD #UHN
Research Facts
Michel's suture clips were created by French surgeon Gaston Michel (1875-1937) and are used to close skin incisions after surgery. Dr. Walter Little Carruthers (1890-1968) enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915 while he was a medical student at the University of Toronto. He served with the 5th Field Ambulance and was discharged in August of 1918 so that he could continue his studies.
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