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Packets of hypodermic needles, Germany, 1914-1918

This yellow tin container suggests that these needles were once component parts of a large military medicine chest. Inside the container are two cardboard packets of steel hypodermic needles. When attached to syringes, they could have been used for a range of treatments, such as to administer anaesthetics, blood transfusions or saline injections. Made for the German Army, the needles were used during the First World War.

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Glossary: saline

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Glossary: anaesthetic

An agent that causes insensitivity to pain. Applied to either the whole body (general anaesthetic) or a particular area or region (local anaesthetic).

Glossary: blood transfusion

An injection of healthy, donated blood into a patient to raise his or her number of red blood cells. The blood is matched according to type (A, B, O, AB).

Glossary: syringe

An instrument used for injecting or withdrawing fluids. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a hypodermic needle for injection into the bloodstream.

Glossary: hypodermic needle

A hollow needle with a sharp point. A hypodermic needle is often used with a syringe to inject substances into the body.