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Antiseptic machine, England, 1879

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Anthony Bell, a surgeon based in Newcastle, patented the design for his device in 1879. The machine was used to make the surrounding air antiseptic. The hammer tapped the base of a small container of medicated powder, rather like an upside down salt shaker. The powder was sprinkled into the path of a fan in the tinned cylinder at the back of the machine. Air from the fan was propelled through a piece of gauze sprayed with carbolic acid. The medicated powder and the carbolic acid combined to rid the air of germs. maker: Bell, Anthony Place made: Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom


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Antiseptic machine, England, 1879. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

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