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Boyle anaesthesia apparatus

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Dates
1958
circa 1958
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Department of Anaesthesiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
996006001 a-f
Description
(a) Boyle apparatus with attached tubing, shelf, and heavy glass plate covering drawer on bottom; wheeled; painted green metal; two pressure gauges; rubber hosing; two loose metal pieces in lefthand drawer; three loose plastic pieces in right-hand drawer; halothane vaporizer and monitored dial mixe…
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Accession Number
996006001 a-f
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Department of Anaesthesiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- machine
Description
(a) Boyle apparatus with attached tubing, shelf, and heavy glass plate covering drawer on bottom;
wheeled; painted green metal; two pressure gauges; rubber hosing; two loose metal pieces in lefthand
drawer; three loose plastic pieces in right-hand drawer; halothane vaporizer and monitored
dial mixer attached; (b) metal part/attachment; roughly "T"-shaped with two movable parts; very
heavy metal tubing, with one opening threaded; flat metal piece with screws; (c) on-off dial; circular,
of grey metal with a dark green plastic edge; (d) small clear plastic tube with six ridges,
three at each end, and a smooth middle section; (e) small plastic tube with six ridges, three at
each end and a smooth moddle section; clear plastic; (f) small clear plastic tube with six ridges,
three at each end and a smooth middle section
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - Boyle Apparatus - Size: Length 130.0 cm. x Width 77.0 cm. x Depth 59.0 cm.
b - T-shaped attachment - Size: Length 16.5 cm. x Width 14.5 cm. x Diameter2.0
c - on-off dial - Size: x Depth 2.0 cm. x Diameter5.8
d - small clear plastic tube - Size: Length 5.8 cm. x Diameter0.5
e - small clear plastic tube - Size: Length 5.8 cm. x Diameter0.5
f - small clear plastic tube - Size: Length 5.8 cm. x Diameter0.5
Provenance
Donated to Museum by Anaesthesiology at KGH
Maker
Medishield
Site Made (City)
Rexdale
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1958
circa 1958
Date Remarks
Halothane first used for dental extractions in 1958 in Britain; later used in hospital work
Material
metal: silver; green
glass: clear
rubber: black; green
plastic: yellow; clear; red; blue; white; green
Inscriptions
Label on front reads, "THE BOYLE // apparatus // BY THE BRITISH OXYGEN GO LTD"; label on back
reads, "Medishield // 172 Belfield Road // Rexdale, Ontario // Boyle Anaesthesia Apparatus"
Permanent Location
Storage Room W1
W1-5-1
Condition Remarks
(a) numerous scratches on painted metal surfaces; scratches and discolouration on non-painted
metal surfaces; rubber tubing beginning to crack and dry out; glass on nitrous oxide pressure
gauge warped, yellowed and pitted; remains of masking tape on working surface, and red "KGH 2"
label; (b) shows considerable evidence of wear; metal along main shaft is pitted and scratched in
several places; several scratches also on flat piece; circular movable part is scratched, discoloured
and very worn; metal is turning green in a few places; screws are beginning to rust; (c)
shows signs of wear; metal is blackened in places, especially on the back, as well as quite
scratched, again more on the back; (d-f) no marks or scratches
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Under the Influence: A History of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Anaesthesia", by W.D.A. Smith, pp. 168-169; Dr. Stuart Vandewater; CD #1
Research Facts
See photocopies attached to accession sheet; (message left at Anaesthesiology, KGH to have Dr.
Dawson Einarson contact Heather Blyth re use and operation of machine)
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Esmarch's ether drop bottle stopper

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Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Collection
Dr. D. W. Cockburn Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
998015001
Description
Silver metal Esmarch's ether drop bottle stopper consists of a single shaft ending with two curved tube spouts facing opposite directions, an 'S' shaped bend at the bottom and a piece of brown tapered cork located where the shaft would fit snugly into the ether bottle.
Accession Number
998015001
Collection
Dr. D. W. Cockburn Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- bottle and dropper
Description
Silver metal Esmarch's ether drop bottle stopper consists of a single shaft ending with two curved tube spouts facing opposite directions, an 'S' shaped bend at the bottom and a piece of brown tapered cork located where the shaft would fit snugly into the ether bottle.
Number Of Parts
1
Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Date Remarks
Date based on supplier's catalogue
Material
metal: silver
cork: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-2
Temporary Location
On exhibit “The Century: Medical Innovations of the 1800s” at Museum of Health Care, 25 June 2017.
Dimension Notes
Length 11.1 cm x Width 4.0 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Rubber with minor lifting at the bottom; spouts show evidence of minor red corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Book
Reference Comments
"Wikipedia" website; "Aloe's Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, 6th Ed."St. Louis, Missouri. 1895; p. 21 (similar to model # 3003)
Research Facts
Ether was created and used during the 1840's to eliminate pain during surgery. American physician Crawford W. Long noticed that his friends felt no pain when they injured themselves while staggering around his office while under the influence of ether and then thought about its potential during surgery.
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