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Ampoules of muscle relaxant, London, England, 1880-1941

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Extracted from a plant called tube curare, the drug known as ‘Tubarine’ was used as a muscle relaxant during surgery, for anaesthesia and for electric shock therapy. The liquid, made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, was injected into the muscles using a syringe.

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    Glossary: muscle relaxant

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    Glossary: ampoule

    A sealed glass or plastic capsule containing one dose of a drug in the form of a sterile solution for injection.

    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).