Pravaz-type hypodermic syringe, late 19th century.
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actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Pravaz-type hypodermic syringe, late 19th century.

Lepine, John

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A glas and silver Pravaz-type hypodermic syringe in its case. Hypodermic syringes are used for injecting fluids beneath apatien's skin. Francis Rynd (1801-1861), an Irish physician, invented the hollow needle in 1844. In 1853, Charles Pravaz, a French doctor, developed the first practical metal syringe, and in 1855, Dr Alexander Wood of Edinburgh was the first physician to use a hypodermic syringe to inject narcotics into a patient.



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