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oral thermometer

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Dates
1934
circa 1934
Collection
Dorothy (Tweddell) Grant Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
004030002 a-g
Description
A thermometer in a Presto Shake Case; consists of the thermometer (a) which is glass and has a metal attachment at the end for screwing it into the case; the case is metal and has an inner cylinder which slides out, but does not detach, from an outer cylinder with a spring on it; the thermometer re…
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Accession Number
004030002 a-g
Collection
Dorothy (Tweddell) Grant Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Thermometers
Body Temperature
Description
A thermometer in a Presto Shake Case; consists of the thermometer (a) which is glass and has a metal attachment at the end for screwing it into the case; the case is metal and has an inner cylinder which slides out, but does not detach, from an outer cylinder with a spring on it; the thermometer rests inside the inner cylinder; when the inner cylinder is extended, it can be shaken around via the spring; there is also a small cap (c) which screws into the outer cylinder; there is a certificate of examination (d), and an instruction sheet for using the case properly (e); the box is cardboard and is burgundy in colour and has a base (f) and a top (g).
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - thermometer
b - case
c - cap
d - certificate of examination
e - instruction sheet
f - box base
g - box top
h - syringe case
Provenance
Dorothy (Tweddell) Grant received this thermometer as a prize for surgical technique.
Maker
Becton Dickinson
Site Made (City)
Rutherford
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1934
circa 1934
Date Remarks
The "Certificate of Examination" is stamped "NOV 16, 1934"
Material
glass: clear
metal: silver
cardboard: brown, burgundy
paper: white
Inscriptions
"B-D MANHATTAN // PERFECTED CLINICAL THERMOMETER // BECTON, DICKINSON & CO., MAKERS" printed on the lid of the case
"1 MINUTE // PRESTO CASE" printed on the base of the case
"Certificate of Examination" printed at the top of the Certificate of Examination with "NOV 16 1934" stamped at the bottom along with various other product information (see attached photocopy)
"DIRECTIONS FOR USING PRESTO SHAKE CASE" printed at the top of the instruction sheet with various other information (see attached photocopy)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
(d-e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #8
Dimension Notes
a - thermometer - Length 10.4 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
b - case - Length 10.6 cm x Diam. 1.2 cm
c - cap - Depth 0.5 cm x Diam 0.8 cm
d - certificate of examination - Length 13.4 cm x Width 8.3 cm
e - instruction sheet - Length 15.7 cm x Width 13.5 cm
f - box base - Length 12.7 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
g - box top - Length 13.0 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
h - syringe case - Length 8.3 cm x Width 4.7 cm x Depth 1.9 cm
Condition Remarks
The thermometer and case are like new; the box and papers are very worn.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Other
Reference Comments
Donna Tweddell; 004.030.010
Research Facts
Dorothy Tweddell was a graduate of KGH nursing school in 1936; the Presto Shake Case was used to return the mercury in a thermometer back to 96 degrees; the card that accompanied the prize is accessioned as 004.030.010.
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