Hypodermic syringe, 19th century

Hypodermic syringe, 19th century

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Caption: Hypodermic syringe, dating from around 1890, made in Manchester, England. The barrel has a gold coloured metal housing and three gold rings on the handle for the fingers and thumb. Three metal needles lie alongside the syringe in its case. First developed by Charles Pravaz (French) and Alexander Wood (Scottish) in the 1850s, metal hypodermic syringes were used to inject medications into the bloodstream by piercing the skin. Around the year 1866, formerly metal barrels were replaced by glass ones such as in this example, allowing the volume of liquid remaining in the barrel to be seen.

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