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instrument case

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Dates
1918
circa 1918
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire s…
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Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Military Medicine
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire supports; there are eight of the larger (1.7 cm) clips and four of the smaller (1.5 cm) clips; also included underneath one of the felt clips are three paper envelopes for scalpel blades of various sizes (b-d) and one wax paper envelope containing a scalpel blade (e); owner's name applied to back of case via fabric tape.
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - case - Size (closed): Length 19.6 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
b - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.7 cm x Width 1.9 cm
c - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.5 cm x Width 1.9 cm
d - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.4 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - envelope - Size (folded): Length 6.7 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 0.09 cm
f - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
g - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Walter Little Carruthers; donated to the Academy of Medicine, which later donated it to the Museum of Health Care.
Site Made (Country)
(b-c) USA; (e) England
Dates
1918
circa 1918
Date Remarks
Dr. Carruthers was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 1918 and discharged in August of 1918
Material
leather: black, brown
fabric: navy, cream, black
metal: black, grey, yellow
paper: green, cream, black, red
Inscriptions
On back of case (a): "W. L. CARRUTHERS // LIEUT. // R. C. A. M. C."; on back of front snap: "903 . PAT [illegible, might be "L E"]"; on back of top snap: "C_F_Co // U. S. F."; front of envelope (b): "6 BLADES // SIZE 10 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE // BARD-PARKER // COMPANY // INC. // New York"; back of envelope on flap: "MADE IN U. S. A."; front of envelope (c): "6 BLADES // SIZE 11 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE"; back of envelope: "Made in U.S.A."; front of envelope (d): "No 21"; back of envelope: "FINEST // SURGEON'S // BLADE"; on blade at base: "21"; on blade (e) at base: "D"; by blade: "GILETTE // MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-16
Condition Remarks
#2: Leather on (a) is brittle and flaking in some places; felt is faded at corners and flaps are thinning; clips on (g) show some green corrosion product; all paper envelopes show some wear and minor tearing; blades in excellent condition
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Kny-Scheerer catalogue, 1915, p. 2252 (similar to clips in case 6618); Oxford Index website; "Ontario Roots" genealogy website (Russ McGillivray); University of Toronto Varsity War Supplement (1915); CD #UHN
Research Facts
Michel's suture clips were created by French surgeon Gaston Michel (1875-1937) and are used to close skin incisions after surgery. Dr. Walter Little Carruthers (1890-1968) enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915 while he was a medical student at the University of Toronto. He served with the 5th Field Ambulance and was discharged in August of 1918 so that he could continue his studies.
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physician's companion syringe set

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Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1989.7.2
Description
A varnished wooden case, press-stud metal latch, mortise/tenon joints; lid and base fitted to hold the contents, which are listed on a paper lining the lid: a large syringe and accessories.
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Accession Number
1989.7.2
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Irrigation
Description
A varnished wooden case, press-stud metal latch, mortise/tenon joints; lid and base fitted to hold the contents, which are listed on a paper lining the lid: a large syringe and accessories.
Part Names
case - Size: Length 20.3 cm x Width 5.7 cm x Depth 9.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. D. McKinley.
Maker
Goodrich Hard Rubber Co.
Site Made (City)
Akron
Site Made (State)
Ohio
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "early 20c."
Material
wood: brown
metal (?): black
rubber: black
Inscriptions
Printed on paper lining the lid: "The // Physician's Companion // 2 oz Syringe // Straight and bent Rectal, Uterine, Vaginal, Post Nasal, // Ear and Catheter Pipes"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-14
Condition Remarks
Some staining on lower paper lining and on the case outer lid.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Canadian Biographical Dictionary, p. 692; Ont. Medical Registry of 1872; CD #UHN
Research Facts
Belonged to Dr. Henry Turner (b. 1829), registered Ontario 1866, practised in Millbrook, Ontario ca. 1853-1898 and in NWT ca. 1895-1907; operated a drugstore in Millbrook from 1871.
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