'Dr Nelson's Improved Inhaler'
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A wide range of designs were available and the Nelson type, first invented between 1861 and 1865, was one of the most popular and enduring. It was still commonly used during the twentieth century. They were widely available from most pharmacists. The patient inhaled the steam directly as it emerged from the glass funnel. Infusions such as friar's basalm or oils such as eucalyptus were placed in the inhaler and boiling water poured over them.
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