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THE ANESTHESIA INHALER- MEDICAL INNOVATIONS OF THE CIVIL WAR   

Illustration: The Chisolm Pocket Ether or Chloroform Inhaler byTiemann

Dr. Julian John Chisholm invented a 2.5 inch inhaler, the first of its type. Chloroform was dripped through a perforated circle on the side onto a sponge in the interior; as the patient inhaled through tubes, the vapors mixed with air. This new method required only one-eighth of an ounce of chloroform, compared to the old two-ounce dose. 

The usual method of soaking a handkerchief with chloroform wasted the liquid as it evaporated. 

http://www.medicalantiques.com/civilwar/Civil_War_Articles/Porcher_Chisolm_anesthetics_CSA.htm

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42712205

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