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Needle - Lumbar Puncture, Sprigfield's, circa 1930 Reg. No: SH 850145
- Due to prevalence of syphilis in the 19th and early 20th century the incidence of 'general paralysis of the insane' (GPI) was very common. Spinal lumbar puncture was a routine test for any patient in asylums considered to have GPI. Fluid extracted from spine & tested for syphilis spirochetes.Used in Victorian mental health hospital circa 1930.
- Springfield's spinal needle is a very fine tube of chrome-plated brass (or gold?). It has a hollow, scalpel-type blade and a handle shaped like tiny doorknob with a pin sticking out of the bottom which fits into a groove on the top of the sheath handle. The fine tubular, chrome-plated steel sheath also has a scalpel-type point. The needle inside reaches exactly to the open end of the sheath. The handle has a flat, round piece surmounted by a ball, to which is attached a minute tap which only turns when the needle is out. There is a ridged hose attachment.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||22 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||psychiatric hospitals, surgical apparatus instruments, syphilis, making history - psych services|
|Themes this item is part of:||Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MEDICINE & HEALTH|
|Secondary Classification:||Mental Health - Surgery|
|Inscriptions:||Engraved: BRITISH MADE.|
|Place & Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1930|
|References:||card with exhibit.|