This inhaler was used during the 1918 influenza pandemic to administer zinc sulfate down the throat. This was a preventative measure and was intended to limit the spread of the disease. This brass and copper inhaler was made by A. & T. Burt of Dunedin in the early 1900s. Smaller inhalers were made in large quantities by the Railways Department during the pandemic.
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