Packets of hypodermic needles, Germany, 1914-1918
This yellow tin container suggests that these needles were once component parts of a large military medicine chest. Inside the container are two cardboard packets of steel hypodermic needles. When attached to syringes, they could have been used for a range of treatments, such as to administer anaesthetics, blood transfusions or saline injections. Made for the German Army, the needles were used during the First World War.
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An agent that causes insensitivity to pain. Applied to either the whole body (general anaesthetic) or a particular area or region (local anaesthetic).
Glossary: blood transfusion
An injection of healthy, donated blood into a patient to raise his or her number of red blood cells. The blood is matched according to type (A, B, O, AB).
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Glossary: hypodermic needle
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