Nowadays, a syringe is an indispensable medical tool, which is also used for a variety of household purposes, but few know the story of this simple adaptation. The prototype of the syringe was created by the ancient Greek physician and philosopher Hippocrates, who lived in the 5th-4th century BC. Then the syringe was a hollow tube to which a pig bladder was attached.
But centuries passed and syringes began to improve and change their shape.
Preserved brass syringes, which were made in France in the XVII century. In 1648, the French scientist Blaise Pascal produced a syringe, which consisted of a cylinder, a piston and a needle, but the device was not distributed to physicians and was soon forgotten.
Syringes similar to those that we use today, appeared in 1853. Two people invented them separately from each other. Scotsman Alexander Wood created a syringe to do subcutaneous injections, and the Frenchman Charles Gabriel Provaza needed a syringe for surgical purposes. Syringes of the XIX century were rubber, and only in 1894 the French master glassblower Fournier produced the first glass syringe. In 1906 they created a “Record” syringe with a glass cylinder sealed in metal rings and a piston with rubber seals.
The idea of creating a disposable syringe belongs to the pharmacist and veterinarian Colin Murdoch. In 1956, at the age of 27, he was vaccinating animals and suggested that a drug pre-packed in syringes would help speed up the vaccination process. So there was the first disposable syringe. Murdoch continued to work on improving his device and disposable syringes were also used to treat people. In 1961, disposable syringes began to be produced commercially.