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Waterbath - Chas Hearson & Co., Copper, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 850074

Copper waterbath, Chas. Hearson & Co. Ltd Hope Works, Willow Walk, London SE1 England, circa 1950. Used in laboratory at Mont Park Mental Hospital, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia. Was used for keeping blood samples at a stable temperature to undertake diagnostic tests.
Waterbath is made mostly of copper, it is square and stands on four straight legs. On top in a corner is a valve for pressure. The top is divided into four sections and has a peaked-like roof with lift-up lids. Inside each section there is a holder for test-tubes. One holder is missing. Under the holder racks water is stored in base for keeping temperature stable for blood. Water is released by underneath tap. On the base is a panel in centre, fastened by screws with electrical cord attached.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mont Park Mental Hospital (Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 41.20 cm (Height), 27.50 cm (Width), 32.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: blood analysis, medical diagnostic tests, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, 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: diagnostics
Inscriptions: Engraved: B/1-36.
Manufacturer: Chas. Hearson & Co. Ltd., London, England, Great Britain, circa 1950
Place & Date Used: Mont Park Mental Hospital (Asylum), Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950
References: card with exhibit.


MICHAEL H.MILLER Posted on 29 Jan 2010 3:25 AM
we have an anhyric electric incubator reg 9867 circa 1960's would a museum be interested in adding to their collection. this is currently owned by the city of philadelphia public health dept.
Discovery Centre Posted on 30 Jan 2010 10:19 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Museum Victoria tends to collect things with a provenance in Victoria, Australia. However, you may like to approach local museums and historical societies to gauge their interest in your item!

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