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Face mask for chloroform anaesthesia, England, 1848-1870

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Glossary: chloroform mask

mask used to administer chloroform, usually made from cloth

Glossary: anaesthetic

An agent that causes insensitivity to pain. Applied to either the whole body (general anaesthetic) or a particular area or region (local anaesthetic).

Glossary: chloroform

A liquid formerly used as a general anaesthetic although no longer used for this purpose as it causes liver damage and affects the heart rate. It is now used in low concentration to treat flatulence.