Sir Hiram Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace' bronchial inhaler, 1909-1910.

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Sir Hiram Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace' bronchial inhaler, 1909-1910.

Maxim (1840-1916) is famed as the inventor of the automatic machine gun, but he also created a bronchial inhaler as his own health deteriorated in old age. In use, soothing vapours from water warmed with a few drops of 'Dirigo', his own calming concoction, could be delivered right to the back of the throat via a long swan-necked glass tube. As word of its effectiveness spread, demand grew and eventually hundreds of thousands were sold in the early years of the 20th century.

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10325187
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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 17:06
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