World War Two Objects

The Anaesthesia Heritage Museum has been very popular lately and has received several donations of books and objects over the last few weeks.

As we will start a series of exhibitions looking at anaesthesia in wartime in a few months time, we are very grateful to the family of Dr O P Dinnick for their recent donation.

Dr Dinnick served as an anaesthetist in the Second World War in the RAF and was posted in North Africa and Italy, supporting the 8th Army. The donated objects are a small medical kit, made by the Army Medical Service. Designed to be worn on a belt, it contains forceps, tweezers, a tiny thermometer and glass ampoules of catgut and surgical thread. There is also a china Red Cross feeding cup, which was used with patients who were unable to leave their beds.

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Dr Dinnick’s Army Medical Kit, c.1939-1947
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Some of the kit’s contents
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Mixed with water and methylated spirit, this tube made a tincture of iodine to sterilise the skin.
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Catgut, sterilised in alcohol, was used for stitching wounds. This vial was manufactured in Milan.
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The Red Cross feeding cup
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The feeding cup from above
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