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c. 1920 - 1930

Custom made anaesthetic machine with small metal plate screwed to the wooden base which reads:
'Manufactured by F. Tough, 30 King Street, Perth.'
The son of F. Tough stated that these anaesthetic machines were based on the idea of a Dr. Kasner Moss of Hay St, West Perth. Tough made about twenty of these machines for various local doctors in the late 1920s and 1930s at a price of 35 pounds each. The apparatus is comprised of a glass and metal vaporiser, an electric motor and pump, and a speed regulator with a handle on a wooden base. It was made in the style of the Yankovers inhaler for etherisation and suction. It was probably used for tonsils and adenoid operations.

Historical information

The West Australian Newspaper Fri 13 May 1938 p16 indicates Dr Kasner Moss was appointed Anaesthetist to Perth Hospital. The item is reported to have been used by Dr H J Gray in the early 1930s for tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies.



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Manufactured by F. Tough, 30 King Street, Perth

c. 1920 - 1930
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Custom made anaesthetic machine based on a design by Dr Kasner Moss, pioneer anaesthetist, appointed as honorary medical staff member of Perth Public Hospital in 1938.

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