Medicine

  • Pravaz type syringe

    Record number: 15778
    Date: c.1890
    Dimensions: 13.3 x 6.1 x 2.8 cm

    This is a varnished wooden case, which opens to reveal a glass syringe and metal structure, with the tip placed on cotton. There is also a piece of red rubber, but the needle is missing, although the wooden box does have the cavity where it was stored.

    The first syringe model, invented by the French doctor Charles Gabriel Pravaz (1791-1853), was heavily used in the field of anaesthesia and pain relief, for applications of morphine. The elliptical metal support was later discarded in the early 20th century.