WLM ID: akdv | Catalog Record
Mechanical vaporizers are built to convert liquid anesthetics into gaseous form, and to deliver them at the right concentrations for anesthesia. Halothane (Fluothane) is a man-made liquid anesthetic, introduced in the late 1950s. It was one of the first of non-explosive anesthetics, and it quickly became popular. But some early halothane vaporizers were modifications of existing ether vaporizers, which held a large quantity of liquid. These could deliver inappropriate concentrations of the new, more potent anesthetic.
Dr. Victor Goldman (b. 1903 – d. 1994) was an English physician who specialized in dental anesthesia, and advocated for improved safety measures. He introduced the first model of his small halothane vaporizer for dental use in 1956. His second model, seen here, was introduced in 1962. This allowed the administration of deeper anesthesia for procedures of longer duration. The “Mark II” remained small enough that it could not deliver a dangerously high concentration of the anesthetic.