Paluel J. Flagg, M.D. (1886-1970) served as NYSA President in 1919-1920. He described his inhaler in 1916. Unlike his many airway management devices, it was improvised. To make a Flagg Can, one simply attached a tube to the open spout of any ether tin and made holes in the top of the tin to admit fresh air. Caution was needed when punching those holes, so that a spark would not ignite the volatile ether. Holding the can in one hand warmed the ether, speeding its evaporation.
Dr. Palmer's modification added a sliding plate with a built-in tube. By turning the cover the holes could be partially or fully closed, increasing the concentration of the ether vapor inhaled by the patient. The inhaler could also be sterilized. The example shown here was probably made in New York City.
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