Iodine inhaler by Dr Chartroule
From the Science Museum's web site: This iodine treatment apparatus was developed in France by Dr Chartroule. The medication was placed in the glass vial and inhaled via the long ivory mouthpiece. Dr Chartroule trialed his apparatus on 28 patients with some success: 17 had a perceived improvement, but 11 saw no benefit. Symptoms of tuberculosis include a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Treatments were limited during the 1800s. The apparatus was invented circa 1830 and apparently sold in small numbers over the following three decades.
The example offered here is complete even including the original bottle still containing an oily liquid, presumably the Science Museum's example is incomplete otherwise they would have surely photographed it fully assembled.
In fitted black leatherette case 10.5" (27 cm) x 6.25" (16 cm) x 2.25" (6 cm)Price £1750
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