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Hi! Well..I'd like to ask you what "ether-cone" means.
Is an instrument to help people to breath?
The context is the following (It has been told about a woman who dies on a table)
One, who held the ether-cone, remembers
Her dark blue frightened eyes.
He heard the sharp breath quiver, and saw her breast
More hurriedly fall and rise.
Many years ago, before we had such things as sodium pentothal and nitrous oxide, ether was a common anesthetic used to put patients to sleep before surgery. An ether cone was placed over the face of the patient - it looked something like a funnel, and had an opening at one end that had a sponge-type device inside. Ether was poured into that opening, and the sponge absorbed it. The patient breathed it, and slowly went to sleep while his or her body became numb.