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Nursing collectibles and the people who collect them



As nurses, we frequently give patients medications through inhalation, by mist with forced air or through pumps. Ever wonder what nurses used in the late 19th and 20th centuries before these modern techniques were available? Inhaler collectors can tell you. The devices were primitive compared to what we use now, but nonetheless impressive. Some inhalers were ceramic, while others were made of glass or metals. One of the larger collections of inhalers is housed in the Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology.

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Marijke Durning
Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.

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