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Sphygmomanometer - Short & Mason & Tycos, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: SH 850559

Sphygmomanometer - Short & Mason & Tycos, circa 1890. Used in the surgery of a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia to measure patient's blood pressure.
Sphygmomanometer is for measuring blood pressure. It has a mauve cotton, wrap-around armband 121cm long tapering to a narrow tongue at one end and with a copper wire hook on the side. Inside the wide end is an oblong rubber air bag, just long enough to reach around the patient's arm, into which lead two short rubber tubes. One is connected by a waisted brass connecting pipe with button shaped screw tap on the side, to an egg-shaped india-rubber bellows with a metal valve in the top.The other tube has broken off (did connect). The instrument is contained in a plywood case, covered with black and lined with brown leather.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 14.00 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width), 10.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, blood analysers, medical diagnostic tests, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: HAVEPOIN/Sphygmomanometer/standard/for blood pressure/British Made/ACCOSON
Manufacturer: Short & Mason & Tycos, London, England, Great Britain, 1848-1950
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, Circa 1890
Manufacturer: Short & Mason & Tycos, Circa 1890
References: Felton Grimwade & Duerdins Ltd. 1938 Illustrated catalogue of Surgical instruments and appliances. Melbourne 1938.

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