From: Ernest Lippert <ernielippert**At_Symbol_Here**TOAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] History of Fume Cupboards (aka Fume Hoods)
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:01:41 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
In the early 1950's a fellow graduate student was working with methylene iodide in a fume cupboard with only a convective draft. After a short while she lost her sense of smell and continued to work most the afternoon.That evening she was in the university hospital in a very serious condition. We scoured Chemical Abstracts for any information that might help the doctors in their treatment. She survived with no apparent ill effects at that time. She died ten years later while studying in Germany from complications (most likely stemming from the earlier exposure) after contracting the flu.
From: "Frankie Wood-Black" <fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**CABLEONE.NET>
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:26 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] History of Fume Cupboards (aka Fume Hoods)
Some of you may know Peter J.T. Morris from the Science Museum in London. I got the chance to work with him on the National Chemical Historic Landmarks Committee and he is a very interesting person as well as being extremely knowledgeable. (And you have to love the his current job title "Keeper of Research Projects.")
He has recently published his new book "The Matter Factory - A History of the Chemistry Laboratory" it is filled with pictures, illustrations, references, etc. But for this list I would like to refer folks specifically to the "Training Chemists" chapter and specifically beginning on page 92 - here he begins outlining the development of the "fume cupboard" as an essential element in the chemistry laboratory. There is a lithograph dated 1842 that shows the fume cupboard with what has be come the standard glass sash. In addition to this - there is an entire section discussing early designs of laboratories incorporating the fume cupboard, in his section "Mitigating the Dangers of Chemistry."
The book is a fascinating read - and has lots of information. Thought you would like to know about it.
Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D., REM, MBA
Principal - Sophic Pursuits
6855 Lake Road
Ponca City, OK 74604
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