Dental anaesthetic syringe, cased with accessories, England, 1885-1900
Numbing the mouth during dental treatments relieves the patient of pain. This syringe was used with an anaesthetic such as cocaine. The syringe barrel is stamped with the name of the maker and the date it was patented. Parke, Davis and Co., who made this syringe, was well known for producing cocaine-based products in the 1870s.
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Glossary: anaesthetic syringe
syringe used to administer anaesthetic particularly in dentistry
An agent that causes insensitivity to pain. Applied to either the whole body (general anaesthetic) or a particular area or region (local anaesthetic).
The study, treatment and management of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, gums, teeth and their supporting tissues.
White, crystalline powder extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. Once used as a local anaesthetic, it is now an illegal drug. It is habit-forming and harmful to the body.