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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ether Bottle

From: civilwarvirtualmuseum.org


This bottle contained ether, which was used as an anesthetic during surgery. Ether was one of two anesthetics used during the Civil War; the other was chloroform, which was preferred by the majority of field surgeons, since ether was highly flammable and could not be used around open flames. A mixture of ether/chloroform was also used.

Image Courtesy Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 30448

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