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Joseph Charrière (1803-1876) was a respected cutler and surgical instrument maker in Paris. In fact, many of the early medical instrument makers were cutlers. Charrière devised his first inhaler based on a Morton inhaler that had been sent to a young Boston surgeon studying in Paris. On January 20, 1847, three months after W.T.G. Morton’s first demonstration of ether in Boston, a Charrière inhaler was successfully used for several operations in Paris. Depicted here is the 3-way model that Charièrre popularized later that year.