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Examination_Chair.jpg

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Title

3D Scan of Examination Chair

Description

c. 1890

This chair for clinical examination and operative procedures was made by Mayer and Meltzer sometime in the 1890s. It was commissioned by Adam Brown Kelly (1866-1941), laryngologist at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow and was constructed to a design of the leading London laryngologist, Sir Morell Mackenzie. The high back with its adjustable head rest is at right angles to the seat, forcing the occupant to maintain a very upright posture.

There is only one armrest, on the left, and the seat’s central portion can rotate. All these features facilitate certain otolaryngological procedures. All examination was done using reflected light, the examiner looking down the centre of the beam created by a circular concave mirror via a central hole in the mirror. A lamp was placed slightly behind and to the left of the chair back, with the surgeon, seated, facing the patient.

The chair was later used by Adam Brown Kelly’s son, Derek, (d.2002) who was also an E.N.T. surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary.

Description

c. 1890

This chair for clinical examination and operative procedures was made by Mayer and Meltzer sometime in the 1890s. It was commissioned by Adam Brown Kelly (1866-1941), laryngologist at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow and was constructed to a design of the leading London laryngologist, Sir Morell Mackenzie. The high back with its adjustable head rest is at right angles to the seat, forcing the occupant to maintain a very upright posture.

There is only one armrest, on the left, and the seat’s central portion can rotate. All these features facilitate certain otolaryngological procedures. All examination was done using reflected light, the examiner looking down the centre of the beam created by a circular concave mirror via a central hole in the mirror. A lamp was placed slightly behind and to the left of the chair back, with the surgeon, seated, facing the patient.

The chair was later used by Adam Brown Kelly’s son, Derek, (d.2002) who was also an E.N.T. surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary.

1997-7.4_schimmel_1 (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Adult Schimmelbusch Inhaler

Description

Schimmelbusch inhaler, for an adult.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.4

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 18.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Schimmelbusch inhaler, for an adult.

2000-7.11_mastoid gouge 4.jpg

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Title

Alexander's Mastoid Gouge

Description

Alexander's mastoid gouge, stainless steel.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2000/7.11

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 17.5 cm

Materials

Stainless Steel

Description

Alexander's mastoid gouge, stainless steel.

2000-7.10_mastoid gouge 3.jpg

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Title

Alexander's Mastoid Gouge

Description

Alexander's mastoid gouge, stainless steel.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2000/7.10

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 17.2 cm

Materials

Stainless steel

Description

Alexander's mastoid gouge, stainless steel.

2018.20_asher medal_5.jpg

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Title

Asher Asher Medal in Laryngology and Rhinology

Description

Medal in presentation case, awarded to John S.F. Hutchison in 1942.
Obverse: Globe within laurel wreath, with ship above and arms of Glasgow University below
Reverse: View of entrance to Old College on High Street

Creator

Alexander Scott Ltd., Jewellers & Silversmiths

Date

c. 1942

Identifier

2018/20

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Case = 7.5 x 7.5 x 2 cm

Description

Medal in presentation case, awarded to John S.F. Hutchison in 1942.
Obverse: Globe within laurel wreath, with ship above and arms of Glasgow University below
Reverse: View of entrance to Old College on High Street

2003.143_aural syringe 2.jpg

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Title

Aural Syringe

Description

Aural Syringe manufactured by McMillan of Glasgow, in small cardboard box.

Date

c. 1800-1900s

Identifier

2003/143

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length = 19.9 cm

Materials

Cardboard, cotton, glass, wool.

Description

Aural Syringe manufactured by McMillan of Glasgow, in small cardboard box.

2016-3.32_auroscope sepcula.jpg

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Title

Auriscope Specula

Description

Set of 3 specula for use with an auriscope.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2016/3.32

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

3 x 3 x 4.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Set of 3 specula for use with an auriscope.

2003.149_Bosworth's snare 3.jpg

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Title

Bosworth's Snare

Description

Bosworth's Snare, components of which are held in leather case. Snares are used in surgery to remove tissue growths, such as tumours or lymphoid tissue.

Date

c. 1800s

Identifier

2003/149

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length = 15.8cm

Materials

Leather, Metal, Wire.

Description

Bosworth's Snare, components of which are held in leather case. Snares are used in surgery to remove tissue growths, such as tumours or lymphoid tissue.

Auroscope Normal.jpg

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Title

Brunton's Auroscope

Description

Cased, with three metal speculae. Internal mirror to provide enough ambient light for illumination of canal and tympanum.

Case covered in black faux shagreen, with internal blue velvet lining. Lid internally padded, and base fitted with internal recesses for the auriscope and speculae.

Auriscope and speculae are nickel plated.

An auroscope is a medical device that visualizes the ear canal and tympanic membrane. Light is funnelled into the instrument and the image of the ear is reflected from an internal mirror towards the eye piece.

Date

c. 1880-1920

Identifier

2006/7.6

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

11.2 x 9.6 x 6.6 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Cased, with three metal speculae. Internal mirror to provide enough ambient light for illumination of canal and tympanum.

Case covered in black faux shagreen, with internal blue velvet lining. Lid internally padded, and base fitted with internal recesses for the auriscope and speculae.

Auriscope and speculae are nickel plated.

An auroscope is a medical device that visualizes the ear canal and tympanic membrane. Light is funnelled into the instrument and the image of the ear is reflected from an internal mirror towards the eye piece.

2006.7.1_Laryngeal Examination 6.jpg

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Title

Case of laryngeal examination instruments

Description

The case is rigid, covered in black shagreen, with chrome plated edge protectors. Chrome plated single elongated hinge, and spring-loaded catch. Inner aspect of upper lid is lined with padded purple silk. Base is fitted with indentations for instruments and lined with purple suede.

Contains six laryngeal mirrors in graduated sizes, a blunt-ended curved metal probe, a metal handle fitted to take the mirrors and probe, and a head mirror 10.6cm in diameter, also elasticated headband (black with green edging) to receive the mirror.

Date

1910-1940

Identifier

2006/7.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

20.5cm in length, 11.2cm in width, 4.4cm in depth.

Materials

wood, silk, metal, glass

Description

The case is rigid, covered in black shagreen, with chrome plated edge protectors. Chrome plated single elongated hinge, and spring-loaded catch. Inner aspect of upper lid is lined with padded purple silk. Base is fitted with indentations for instruments and lined with purple suede.

Contains six laryngeal mirrors in graduated sizes, a blunt-ended curved metal probe, a metal handle fitted to take the mirrors and probe, and a head mirror 10.6cm in diameter, also elasticated headband (black with green edging) to receive the mirror.

1997-7.3_schimmel_3 (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Child Schimmelbusch Inhaler

Description

Schimmelbusch inhaler, for a child.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.3

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 15.6 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Schimmelbusch inhaler, for a child.

2003-29.5_tongue forceps 2.jpg

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Title

Corbould's Tongue Forceps

Description

Corbould's tongue forceps, metal.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2003/29.5

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 13.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Corbould's tongue forceps, metal.

2003.96_diagnostic set 4.jpg

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Title

Diagnostic Set

Description

Diagnostic set consists of 6 laryngeal mirrors, 1 ophthalmoscope, 3 handles, 3 laryngeal brushes, 2 stems for laryngeal brushes and 2 glass rods. The glass rods and ophthalmoscope probably do not belong to the set.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2003/96

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 22 cm

Materials

Glass, hair, metal, plastic.

Description

Diagnostic set consists of 6 laryngeal mirrors, 1 ophthalmoscope, 3 handles, 3 laryngeal brushes, 2 stems for laryngeal brushes and 2 glass rods. The glass rods and ophthalmoscope probably do not belong to the set.

2015-1.1_diagnostic set 2.jpg

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Title

Diagnostic Set

Description

Ophthalmoscope/auriscope in leatherette covered box.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2015/1.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

Leather, plastic, metal.

Description

Ophthalmoscope/auriscope in leatherette covered box.

2003-29.3_doyer mouth gag_2 (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Doyen's Mouth Gag

Description

Doyen's mouth gag, metal.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2003/29.3

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 12.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Doyen's mouth gag, metal.

2016.3_ophthalmoscope x (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Electric Auriscope

Description

Battery-operated auriscope from the surgical case of Dr. H.R. Lillie.

Date

20th century

Identifier

2016/3.18

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

Metal, glass, plastic.

Description

Battery-operated auriscope from the surgical case of Dr. H.R. Lillie.

ENTchair.jpg

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Title

ENT Examination Chair

Description

This chair for clinical examination and operative procedures was made by Mayer and Meltzer sometime in the 1890s. It was commissioned by Adam Brown Kelly (1866-1941), laryngologist at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow and was constructed to a design of the leading London laryngologist, Sir Morell Mackenzie. The high back with its adjustable head rest is at right angles to the seat, forcing the occupant to maintain a very upright posture.

There is only one armrest, on the left, and the seat's central portion can rotate. All these features facilitate certain otolaryngological procedures. All examination was done using reflected light, the examiner looking down the centre of the beam created by a circular concave mirror via a central hole in the mirror. A lamp was placed slightly behind and to the left of the chair back, with the surgeon, seated, facing the patient.

The chair was later used by Adam Brown Kelly's son, Derek, (d.2002) who was also an E.N.T. surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary.

Date

c. 1890

Identifier

2000/1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Height: 122 cm

Materials

Wood, leather, velvet, and metal.

Description

This chair for clinical examination and operative procedures was made by Mayer and Meltzer sometime in the 1890s. It was commissioned by Adam Brown Kelly (1866-1941), laryngologist at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow and was constructed to a design of the leading London laryngologist, Sir Morell Mackenzie. The high back with its adjustable head rest is at right angles to the seat, forcing the occupant to maintain a very upright posture.

There is only one armrest, on the left, and the seat's central portion can rotate. All these features facilitate certain otolaryngological procedures. All examination was done using reflected light, the examiner looking down the centre of the beam created by a circular concave mirror via a central hole in the mirror. A lamp was placed slightly behind and to the left of the chair back, with the surgeon, seated, facing the patient.

The chair was later used by Adam Brown Kelly's son, Derek, (d.2002) who was also an E.N.T. surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary.

Ferguson mouth gag 16.jpg

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Title

Ferguson's Mouth Gag

Description

Mouth gag with straight parallel jaws. Children's size. Fluted handles.

Date

c. 1930-1960

Identifier

2010/1.2

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

16 cm length

Materials

Stainless steel

Description

Mouth gag with straight parallel jaws. Children's size. Fluted handles.

2003139_nasal instrument.jpg

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Title

Frankel's Nasal Speculum

Description

Frankel's nasal speculum, ivory and metal.

Date

c. 1905

Identifier

2003/139

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 8.5 cm

Materials

Ivory, metal.

Description

Frankel's nasal speculum, ivory and metal.

1997.7.1_ent set 9.jpg

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Title

Fuller's Tracheotomy Cannula

Description

Fuller's tracheotomy cannula, silver-plated.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.1.5

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 4.7 cm (size 26); 3.3 cm (size 20); 3.2 cm (size 18)

Materials

Metal, silver.

Description

Fuller's tracheotomy cannula, silver-plated.

2003.225_gottstein nasopharyngeal curette 3.jpg

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Title

Gottstein's Naso-Pharyngeal curette

Description

Gottstein's naso-pharyngeal curette, metal, c 1900s.

Date

c. 1900s

Identifier

2003/225

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

20.9 cm length

Materials

Metal

Description

Gottstein's naso-pharyngeal curette, metal, c 1900s.

1999.3.3.16_forehead mirror.jpg

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Title

Head Mirror

Description

Forehead mirror, glass and metal with fabric headband.

It is uncommon to see head mirrors such as this in medicine today. However, during the 1900s, head mirrors were essential for general practitioners and ENT surgeons when examining a patient. The mirror would reflect light on the environment and focus it on the area of the patient that the practitioner was examining.

Date

c. 1950s

Identifier

1999/3.3.16

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Diameter: 9 cm

Materials

Glass, metal, and fabric.

Description

Forehead mirror, glass and metal with fabric headband.

It is uncommon to see head mirrors such as this in medicine today. However, during the 1900s, head mirrors were essential for general practitioners and ENT surgeons when examining a patient. The mirror would reflect light on the environment and focus it on the area of the patient that the practitioner was examining.

2003-27.14_mouth wedge.jpg

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Title

Hewitt's Mouth Wedge

Description

Hewitt's mouth wedge and prop, boxwood and cotton.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2003/27.14

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 12.3 cm

Materials

Boxwood, cotton.

Description

Hewitt's mouth wedge and prop, boxwood and cotton.

2003-82.12_mastoid gouge 2.jpg

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Title

Horsley's Mastoid Gouge

Description

Horsley's mastoid gouge, metal.

Date

c. 1905

Identifier

2003/82.12

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 15.2 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Horsley's mastoid gouge, metal.

2003-98_intubation set 3.jpg

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Title

Intubation Set

Description

O'Dwyer's intubation set, in metal case, 20th century.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2003/98

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 22.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

O'Dwyer's intubation set, in metal case, 20th century.

2003.96.21_laryngeal mirror.jpg

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Title

Laryngeal Mirror

Description

Laryngeal mirror from cased diagnostic set.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2003/96.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

13.5cm length

Materials

Metal, glass.

Description

Laryngeal mirror from cased diagnostic set.

1997.7.8_laryngeal syringe_1.jpg

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Title

Laryngeal Syringe

Description

Laryngeal syringe for anaesthetising the larynx.

Date

c. 1930s-1950s

Identifier

1997/7.8

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 21.2 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Laryngeal syringe for anaesthetising the larynx.

Magill blade 2.jpg

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Title

Magill's Laryngoscope Blade

Date

c. 1930-1960

Identifier

2010/1.8

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

12.7 cm length

Materials

Stainless steel

Description


2003.135_mathieu style guillotine 7.jpg

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Title

Mathieu-Style Tonsil Guillotine

Description

Tonsil guillotine, metal, c 1929.

Tonsil Guillotines are surgical instruments used during a tonsillectomy, a procedure where the palatine tonsils are removed.

The hook of the guillotine is placed around the tonsil and a sharp blade passes through to slice the tonsil off. Much caution was required to prevent haemorrhaging in the patient.

Creator

Mathieu, France

Date

c. 1929

Identifier

2003/135

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 26 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Tonsil guillotine, metal, c 1929.

Tonsil Guillotines are surgical instruments used during a tonsillectomy, a procedure where the palatine tonsils are removed.

The hook of the guillotine is placed around the tonsil and a sharp blade passes through to slice the tonsil off. Much caution was required to prevent haemorrhaging in the patient.

2016-3.21_mouth gag 2.jpg

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Title

Mouth Gag

Description

Mouth gag for anaesthetics – ratchet closure with thumb release; rubber missing from one of the blades.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2016/3.20

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

11 x 9 x 5 cm

Materials

metal; rubber.

Description

Mouth gag for anaesthetics – ratchet closure with thumb release; rubber missing from one of the blades.

2016-3.16_nasal.jpg

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Title

Nasal Speculum

Description

Tilley's nasal speculum.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2016/3.16

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

8 x 3 x 2 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Tilley's nasal speculum.

1998.6.4_tonsil guillotine.jpg

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Title

O'Malley's Tonsil Guillotine

Description

O'Malleys tonsil guillotine, stainless steel, c 1950s.

Date

c. 1950s.

Identifier

1998/6.4

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

24 cm length

Materials

Stainless steel.

Description

O'Malleys tonsil guillotine, stainless steel, c 1950s.

2000.7.9_Siegle's aural speculum.jpg

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Title

Peter's Modified Siegle's Aural Speculum

Description

Peter's modified Siegle's aural speculum, glass, metal and rubber, c 1930s.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

2000/7.9

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

58.5 cm length

Materials

Glass, metal, rubber.

Description

Peter's modified Siegle's aural speculum, glass, metal and rubber, c 1930s.

1997.3.8_sinus forceps.jpg

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Title

Sinus Forceps

Description

Stainless steel sinus forceps from the surgical instruments of Dr Samuel Davidson.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/3.8

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

13 cm length

Materials

Stainless Steel

Description

Stainless steel sinus forceps from the surgical instruments of Dr Samuel Davidson.

2000.7.12_st clair thomson adenoid curette 9.jpg

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Title

St Clair Thomson's Adenoid Curette

Description

St. Clair Thomson's adenoid curette

Date

1930

Identifier

2000/7.12

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 21 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

St. Clair Thomson's adenoid curette

1997-7.7_mouth gag_1 (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Sydenham's Modified Mouth Gag

Description

Sydenham's modified mouth gag, stainless steel.

Date

c. 1929

Identifier

1997/7.7

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

Stainless Steel

Description

Sydenham's modified mouth gag, stainless steel.

2003.239_ent instrument.jpg

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Title

Tongue Depressor

Description

Metal tongue depressor for ENT surgery.

Date

c. Unknown

Identifier

2003/239

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 18.5 cm

Materials

Metal

Description

Metal tongue depressor for ENT surgery.

1997.7.6_tonsil guillotine 2.jpg

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Title

Tonsil Enucleator

Description

Tonsil enucleator with interchangeable paediatric operating head, used for home tonsillectomy.

Date

c. 1929

Identifier

1997/7.6

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

24.4 cm length

Materials

Metal

Description

Tonsil enucleator with interchangeable paediatric operating head, used for home tonsillectomy.

2003.49_tonsil guillotine 2.jpg

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Title

Tonsil Guillotine

Description

Tonsil guillotine

Date

1860s

Identifier

2003/49

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 30 cm

Materials

Ebony, metal

Description

Tonsil guillotine

2003.22.3_tonsil guillotine 2.jpg

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Title

Tonsil Guillotine

Description

Tonsil guillotine, metal, 20th century.

Date

c. 20th century

Identifier

2003/22.3

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

22.9 cm length

Materials

Metal

Description

Tonsil guillotine, metal, 20th century.

2008.2.4_tonsil guillotine.jpg

Details

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Title

Tonsil Guillotine

Description

Tonsil guillotine for domiciliary use.

Date

c. Unknown

Identifier

2008/2

Description

Tonsil guillotine for domiciliary use.

1997.7.1_ent set 7.jpg

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Title

Tracheal Dilating Forceps

Description

Tracheal dilating forceps, stainless steel.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.1.4

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 13 cm

Materials

Stainless Steel

Description

Tracheal dilating forceps, stainless steel.

1997.7.1_ent set 15.jpg

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Title

Tracheal Hook

Description

Blunt tracheal hook, stainless steel.

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.1.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 16.4 cm

Materials

Stainless Steel.

Description

Blunt tracheal hook, stainless steel.

1997.7.1_ent set (1 of 1).jpg

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Title

Tracheotomy Set

Description

Tracheotomy, or Tracheostomy, set containing one sharp hook, one blunt hook, one scalpel, one pair of dilating forceps, and three cannulae.
Before the advent of antibiotics and routine inoculation, diphtheria was a common infectious disease requiring urgent treatment.
The main problem was the rapid production of a grey thick membrane at the entrance to the fauces (back of the throat). As it thickened it began to make breathing increasingly difficult. Children, systematically weakened by the toxins produced by the disease and with naturally narrow airways, could die from suffocation without immediate relief.
The contents of this box contain all the instruments required for such an intervention.
The child was laid on his/her back with a support under the shoulder to expose the windpipe- this makes the trachea easily identified under the skin by its rings of cartilage. An incision was made into the trachea with a scalpel. Enlarging the wound vertically enabled the edges to be grasped with retraction hooks, allowing a tracheostomy tube to be inserted and secured in place by tape around the neck. This procedure would usually take less than a minute to perform, resulting in immediate relief for the patient.
During the diphtheria epidemic in the 1930s, staff in fever hospitals may have been required to perform such a procedure up to 4 or 5 times in the course of one night.
(Description provided by Mr Roy Miller FRCS(Glasg), Honorary Librarian).

Date

c. 1930s

Identifier

1997/7.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 19.1 cm

Materials

Nickel

Description

Tracheotomy, or Tracheostomy, set containing one sharp hook, one blunt hook, one scalpel, one pair of dilating forceps, and three cannulae.

19997.3.2_tuning fork.jpg

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Title

Tuning Fork

Description

Plain tuning fork, blue steel, c 1900s-c 1930s.

This tuning fork dates from the early 20th century and would have been used to test the hearing of a patient. The specific tests used to measure hearing deficiencies are known as the Weber and Rinne Test. In a Weber Test, the tuning fork is struck and placed in the middle of the patient's forehead, equidistant from both ears, If the patient's hearing is normal, the volume of the tone will be equal in both ears. If the volume is louder in one ear over another, this is an indication that there is some hearing loss.
In a Rinne test, the vibrating tuning fork is placed on the mastoid process behind either ear, and then placed next to each ear. If the volume of the note is louder when conducted through bone, hearing loss is present.

Creator

Unknown

Date

c. 1900-1930s

Identifier

1997/3.2

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 10.3 cm

Materials

blue steel

Description

Plain tuning fork, blue steel, c 1900s-c 1930s.

This tuning fork dates from the early 20th century and would have been used to test the hearing of a patient. The specific tests used to measure hearing deficiencies are known as the Weber and Rinne Test. In a Weber Test, the tuning fork is struck and placed in the middle of the patient's forehead, equidistant from both ears, If the patient's hearing is normal, the volume of the tone will be equal in both ears. If the volume is louder in one ear over another, this is an indication that there is some hearing loss.
In a Rinne test, the vibrating tuning fork is placed on the mastoid process behind either ear, and then placed next to each ear. If the volume of the note is louder when conducted through bone, hearing loss is present.

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