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Title

Tuberculin Syringe

Description

This tuberculin syringe is held in a pale-yellow cardboard box. It was used to inject tuberculin, a combination of proteins that are used to diagnose tuberculosis.

Tuberculin is injected into the forearm to determine if the patient has been exposed to the bacteria causing tuberculosis. If the patent is infected, a small hard red bump will develop at the site of the injection, usually after 48 hours.

This test is referred to as the Mantoux Test, also known as the tuberculin skin test or TST. It was developed in the early 1900s by Charles Mantoux (1877-1947), building on the work of Robert Koch and Clemens von Pirquet.

Creator

Fivepoint

Date

c. 1950s

Identifier

1999/2.7

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 12.7 cm

Materials

Glass; Metal; Cardboard

Tuberculin Syringe

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 12.7 cm

Materials

Glass; Metal; Cardboard

Files

1999.2.7_tb needle.jpg
1999.2.7_tb syringe 3.jpg
1999.2.7_tb syringe 5.jpg

Collection

Citation

Fivepoint, “Tuberculin Syringe ,” Heritage, accessed May 18, 2022, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/626.