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Kearns pellet injector

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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
1986.1.5 a-d
Description
Chomed metal instrument consisting of an outer casing with hexagonal finger supports and obturator with hexagonal head, both ending with an oblique cutting edge; plunger is a plain rod with a hexagonal head; both fit into a cardboard box.
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Accession Number
1986.1.5 a-d
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Addison's Disease -- drug therapy
Anemia
Injections -- instrumentation
MM= Injections -- accessories
Description
Chomed metal instrument consisting of an outer casing with hexagonal finger supports and obturator with hexagonal head, both ending with an oblique cutting edge; plunger is a plain rod with a hexagonal head; both fit into a cardboard box.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
plunger - Length 12.0 cm
injector - Length 11.3 cm x Diam. 1.6 cm
box bottom
box lid
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J. G. Watt of Toronto.
Maker
H. Laurent Co. Inc.
Site Made (City)
Newark
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
paper: black
ink: green; white
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Printed on box: "KEARNS PELLET INJECTOR // Manufactured by // H. LAURENT CO., INC. NEWARK, N.J."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-5
Condition Remarks
#2: the box is falling apart
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
This was used to inject pellets of desoxycorticosterone acetate into patients with Addison's disease; four or five pellets were injected at one time at 9-12-month intervals.
This treatment was replaced ca. 1960 by the drug prentasome. Dr. Watt was the pellet injector for all of the Toronto patients with Addison's disease between 1940 and 1960. He practised internal medicine and haematology at Toronto Western Hospital.
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