Hypodermic syringe, English, c 1860.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Hypodermic syringe, English, c 1860.

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Hypodermic syringe, English, c 1860. Designed by Coxeter & Son, London, who manufactured a variety of medical instruments in the mid 1800s. 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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