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Mushin Museum Event: History of Anaesthesia told through the World Wars, March 19th, 2014

13 January 2014

National Science and Engineering Week March 14th– 23rd 2014:
Mushin Museum Event: History of Anaesthesia told through the World Wars ,Wednesday March 19th, 2014

2014 will mark 100 years since the start of World War One. Important medical advances can be born from the great tragedies of war; anaesthesia is no exception.

Schimmelbusch Mask (Mushin Museum Collection): Delivery of Chloroform (often given in combination with ether during WW1) would commonly be via open drop mask method.

During this year’s National Science and Engineering Week the Mushin Museum will be holding an engagement event that will highlight the links between the World Wars and the development of anaesthesia.  With expert guest speakers and access to modern simulation equipment, this event will hopefully promote reflection and discussion surrounding the World Wars and medicine.  More details to follow.

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Clover Apparatus (Mushin Museum Collection): Ether would be administered by the Clover Method, given after Chloroform for general anaesthesia during WW1.

Everyone is welcome to this ‘open doors’ event, although spaces will be limited.  Invitations will be extended to local history groups (including local youth groups) and it will be suitable for families to attend. This will be a free event.

More information about National Science and Engineering Week can be found here:

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If you would like to get involved in volunteering for this and other Mushin Museum events please email Danielle Huckle on

This event has been made possible by a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Danielle Huckle