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Askit headache powder

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // 25 // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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Askit headache powders

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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bulb-type medical syringe

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Dates
1937
1964
1937-1964
Collection
Dr. Clifford W. Bennett Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
005006001 a-e
Description
A bulb-type medical syringe consisting of a black plastic nozzle (a) attached to a green rubber bulb (b); comes in a box; the box (c) is brown and rectangular; one of the flaps (d) has torn off the box; paper instruction sheet (e).
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Accession Number
005006001 a-e
Collection
Dr. Clifford W. Bennett Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Syringes
MM= Irrigation -- syringe
Description
A bulb-type medical syringe consisting of a black plastic nozzle (a) attached to a green rubber bulb (b); comes in a box; the box (c) is brown and rectangular; one of the flaps (d) has torn off the box; paper instruction sheet (e).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - nozzle - Size: Length 8.8 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
b - bulb - Size: Length 5.0 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
c - box - Size: Length 13.0 cm x Width 5.6 cm x Depth 5.9 cm
d - box flap - Size: Length 5.5 cm x Width 4.5 cm
e - instruction sheet - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 16.4 cm
Provenance
Used by Dr. Clifford W. Bennett (Queen's meds grad, 1921) at his medical practice at 197 Queen Street.
Maker
Geo. N. Hein Co.
Site Made (City)
San Carlos
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1937
1964
1937-1964
Date Remarks
Patented in 1937; Dr. Bennett practiced medicine from 1925 until 1964.
Material
plastic: black
rubber: green
cardboard: brown
Inscriptions
"HEIN - 67 // BULB TYPE // MEDICAL SYRINGE" printed on the front of the box
"THE HEIN - 67 Syinge is leak-proof, thouroughly cleanable and can be sterilized by boiling. It is recommended for the following uses: // EAR WASHING INFANTS NURSERY // ASPIRATION POWDER ATOMIZER // GENERAL IRRIGATION // The finest materials are used in its manufacture, and long lasting efficiancy // is assured for these and many other uses. Soft rubber safery tip included. // GEO. N. HEIN CO. SAN CARLOS, CALIF." printed on the back of the box
"CLEANABLE" printed on the top and bottom of the box
'PRESS HERE" printed on the tip of the bulb
"HEIN - 67 // PAT 2072366 // SAN CARLOS, CAL // GEO. N. HEIN" embossed on the nozzle
Permanent Location
(a-d) Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-14
(e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Condition Remarks
The box is delicate, especially on the flaps; the syringe itself is fine.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing: Hospital - Professional Instruments - Equipment - Supplies," V. Mueller. Co., 1956, p. 72 (see attached photocopy); CD #1
Research Facts
Very similar to a syringe that appears in a 1956 Mueller catalogue, only the syringe in the catalogue has adaptable tips, so this is probably earlier.
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Dr. Pierce's favourite prescription

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Dates
1920
1945
1920-1945
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.275
Description
A short-necked glass bottle of Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription with a metal screw-on cap and a paper label; rectangular with rounded corners; almost full of brown liquid.
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Accession Number
1980.18.275
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A short-necked glass bottle of Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription with a metal screw-on cap and a paper label; rectangular with rounded corners; almost full of brown liquid.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Pierce's Proprietaries Inc.
Site Made (City)
Buffalo
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
1945
1920-1945
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."; dating based on dates of production and metal threaded cap
Material
glass: clear
metal: black; green; white
paper: cream; blue; red
liquid: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on top of cap: "DR. PIERCE'S // [image of R.V. Pierce with signature] // MEDICINES"; printed on side of cap: "MADE IN USA"; label on front of bottle: "CONTAINS 8 1/2 // FLUID OUNCES // Dr. Pierce's // FAVORITE // Prescription // FP // TRADE MARK REG. // The medicinal plants from which this remedy // is compounded are: // VALERIAN ROOT (Valeriana Officinalis) // BLACK HAW (Viburnum Prunifolium) // BLUE COHOSH ROOT (Caulophyllum Thalictroides) // UNICORN ROOT (Helonias Dioica) // BLACK COHOSH ROOT (Cimicifuga Racemosa) // OREGON GRAPE ROOT (Berberis Aquifolium) // DOSE // For adults, 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls with // water three times a day. For full // directions, see circular. // Keep in a cool place, and tightly capped. // Manufactured only by // PIERCE'S PROPRIETARIES, Inc. // Proprietors // BUFFALO, N.Y. FORT ERIE NORTH, ONT."; label on back of bottle reads the same in French; left side of bottle has "R. V. PIERCE, M. D." embossed into the side; right side of bottle has "BUFFALO, N. Y." embossed; embossed on base of bottle: "84 [the letter "P" in a circle] 2"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length 19.0 cm x Width 6.8 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Condition Remarks
#2: back label curling slightly at bottom right corner; small moisture stains on front and back covers.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
Griffenhagen, George B., and Mary Bogard. "History of Drug Containers and Their Labels." Madison, WI: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 1999 (page 82)
Research Facts
Dr. Pierce's Favourite Prescription was produced between 1870 and 1945. Metal threaded caps became common on glass bottles in the 1920s.
Exhibit History
History of Contraception exhibit, Fraser-Armstrong 5, Kingston General Hospital; March 2004 - Case #2
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Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014002052
Description
Empty rectangular transparent brown 8 ounce glass bottle with ridged sloped shoulders tapered at neck with tan cork stuck in neck; includes metal corkscrew opener; cork has red circular label and rusted metal ring stuck out of the center; yellow paper label lists the company's name, address, propri…
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Accession Number
014002052
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty rectangular transparent brown 8 ounce glass bottle with ridged sloped shoulders tapered at neck with tan cork stuck in neck; includes metal corkscrew opener; cork has red circular label and rusted metal ring stuck out of the center; yellow paper label lists the company's name, address, proprietary legal information; product ingredients and directions for use; back with remnants of yellow paper label.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
William R. Warner & Co.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: brown
paper: yellow, red
ink: black, red
cork: tan
metal: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "G101 8 ounces net // Guiatonic // REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. // WARNER // A palatable preparation of // Guaiacol and Creosote. // Tonic and Reconstructive // A fluid ounce contains 4 minims // each of Guaiacol and Creosote in // the form of soluble sulphonates // with Quinine Sulphate, 1/2 gr., // Strychnine Hypophosphite, 1/32 gr., // and Hypophosphites of Iron, Cal- // cium, Manganese and Potassium, // in an aromatic vehicle. // Dosage: Unless directed otherwise by // the attending physician, take 1 tea- // spoonful, preferably in water, four times // a day, after meals and at bedtime. Dose // may be gradually increased to 2 tea - // spoonfuls in water four times a day. // Children in proportion to age. // Manufactured only by // WILLIAM R. WARNER & CO., Inc. // Manufacturing Pharmaceutists // Established 1856 // New York. St. Louis // Formerly prepared by The Searle & H (illegible) Co."; printed on cork label: "WM R WARNER CO. INC. (illegible) NEW YORK”.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-9 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length 20 cm x Width 7.2 cm x Depth 3.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Ragged edges to affixed partial label on back and upper portion of front label; front label with three small tears along edges; metal ring rusted
Copy Type
Original
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hypodermic pocket case

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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
1982.24.2 a-h
Description
A black leather folding case (h) with purple velvet lining; dome fastener; case contains four vials of pills (a-d) with paper labels, two hypodermic needles (e-f) and a hypodermic syringe (g) with metal casing and graduated metal plunger; the vials contain: (a) nitroglycerine 1/100 gr.; (b) ergotin…
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Accession Number
1982.24.2 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Injections
Drug Therapy
Description
A black leather folding case (h) with purple velvet lining; dome fastener; case contains four vials of pills (a-d) with paper labels, two hypodermic needles (e-f) and a hypodermic syringe (g) with metal casing and graduated metal plunger; the vials contain: (a) nitroglycerine 1/100 gr.; (b) ergotine 1/10 gr.; (c) morphia sulph. 1/4 gr.; and (d) atropine sulph. 1/50 gr.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
case (closed) - Size: Length 9.0 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 1.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; Mrs. David Kent of Toronto, from the effects of her grandfather, Dr. John Dunlop Deacon (1872-1930), who practised in Pembroke, Ont.
Maker
The Fraser, Tablet Trit. Co. (pills)
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "early 20th century"
Material
leather: black
fabric: purple
metal: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
The dome fastener is inscribed, "Pat 78 RE (?) 21, 1886"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-5
Condition Remarks
#2: contains pills that should be assessed and possibly destroyed.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Kalmerid catgut sutures

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Dates
1926
1951
circa 1926-1951
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
993004234
Description
Clear glass vial containing size 0 Kalmerid brown minor catgut sutures without needle; sutures wound on white plastic bobbin; vial scored for breaking at centre; slightly less than half-full of clear liquid.
Accession Number
993004234
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Clear glass vial containing size 0 Kalmerid brown minor catgut sutures without needle; sutures wound on white plastic bobbin; vial scored for breaking at centre; slightly less than half-full of clear liquid.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C.M. Bracken
Maker
Davis & Geck, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Brooklyn
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1926
1951
circa 1926-1951
Date Remarks
Patent for plastic bobbin was registered in 1926 (US1610607); Davis & Geck moved production to Connecticut in 1951
Material
paper: white; black
glass: clear
plastic: white
catgut: brown
Inscriptions
Printed in black on white paper: "DAVIS & GECK, INC. // N.Y. / U.S.A. // KALMERID // Minor
Catgut // 20-Day / 0 // Non-Boilable / 722"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10 Box 3
Dimension Notes
Length 7.2 cm. x Diam. 0.8 cm.
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"Davis and Geck Company Records" website (University of Conneticut); United States Patent and Trademark Office website
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Kalmerid catgut sutures

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Dates
1926
1951
circa 1926-1951
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
993004235
Description
Clear glass vial containing size 0 Kalmerid brown minor catgut sutures without needle; sutures wound on white plastic bobbin; vial scored for breaking at centre; slightly less than half-full of clear liquid.
Accession Number
993004235
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Clear glass vial containing size 0 Kalmerid brown minor catgut sutures without needle; sutures wound on white plastic bobbin; vial scored for breaking at centre; slightly less than half-full of clear liquid.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C.M. Bracken
Maker
Davis & Geck, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Brooklyn
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1926
1951
circa 1926-1951
Date Remarks
Patent for plastic bobbin was registered in 1926 (US1610607); Davis & Geck moved production to Connecticut in 1951
Material
paper: white; black
glass: clear
plastic: white
catgut: brown
Inscriptions
Printed in black on white paper: "DAVIS & GECK, INC. // N.Y. / U.S.A. // KALMERID // Minor
Catgut // 20-Day / 0 // Non-Boilable / 722"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10 Box 3
Dimension Notes
Length 7.2 cm x Diam. 0.8 cm
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"Davis and Geck Company Records" website (University of Conneticut); United States Patent and Trademark Office website
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obstetrical sutures tubes; box

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Dates
1900
1950
1900-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1980.3.10 a-d
Description
Three curved glass tubes containing non-boilable catgut sutures with atraumatic needle in a clear liquid; come in a cardboard box
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Accession Number
1980.3.10 a-d
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Three curved glass tubes containing non-boilable catgut sutures with atraumatic needle in a clear liquid; come in a cardboard box
Number Of Parts
4
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Walter L. Percival of Windsor, Ont.
Maker
Davis & Geck, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Brooklyn
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1950
1900-1950
Material
glass: clear
catgut: brown
metal: silver
cardboard: yellow; black; red
Inscriptions
On box is printed: "Heat Sterilized [cursive] // Sutures [cursive] // THERMO-FLEX // (NON-BOILABLE) // 40-Day Chromic // Kalmerid Catgut // OBSTETRICAL // SUTURES // Half-Circle // Atraumatic Needle // Size 2 685 // THREE TUBES . . ."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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rectal thermometer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15204
Dates
1936
1950
circa 1936-1950
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Home Health Care
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
010015002 a-f
Description
Rectangular paper box (a,b), black on the outside and tan on the inside with removable lid, contains a glass rectal thermometer (c) with a metal end and red hatch marks, numbers, and text with a white stripe running the length of one side, a black plastic case (d,e), and an instruction sheet (f) wh…
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Accession Number
010015002 a-f
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Home Health Care
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Patient Care -- instrumentation
Home Health
Thermometers
Body Temperature -- instrumentation
Diagnosis -- instrumentation
Rectum
Description
Rectangular paper box (a,b), black on the outside and tan on the inside with removable lid, contains a glass rectal thermometer (c) with a metal end and red hatch marks, numbers, and text with a white stripe running the length of one side, a black plastic case (d,e), and an instruction sheet (f) which contains information about the product and its use, about the manufacturer, and about an extra piece not present in the box: "Faichney's Thermometer Shaker"; paper has two holes just off centre, presumably for the thermometer to be put through.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box top: Length 13.2 cm X Width 3.5 cm X Height 1.4 cm
b - box bottom: Length 12.2 cm X Width 3.5 cm X Height 1.4 cm
c - thermometer: Length 10.5 cm X Diameter 0.5 cm
d - case: Length 9.1 cm X Diameter 1.2 cm
e - case lid: Length 3.5 cm X Diameter 1.1 cm
f - instructions: Length 11.4 cm X Width 5.2 cm
Provenance
Owned by donor.
Maker
Faichney Instrument Corporation
Site Made (City)
Watertown
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
U.S.A.
Dates
1936
1950
circa 1936-1950
Date Remarks
.Based on patent year printed on instructions and donor's remarks.
Material
paper: tan
ink: black, red, white
plastic: black
glass: clear
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on thermometer: "94 // 6 // 8 // 100 // 2 // 4 // 6 // 8 // YL176 FAICHNEY WATERTOWN NY MASS G RECTAL"; printed on front of instructions sheet: "CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY // We, the undersigned manufacturer, certify that this thermometer has been carefully inspected and // tested. Every thermometer bearing our name, FAICHNEY--Watertown, N. Y., is fully guaranteed. If // any defect should develop or if for any reason the instrument does not give full and complete satisfaction // it will be replaced without charge. This guarantee covers everything but breakage. // The Apex of Precision // Faichney Instrument Corporation // Watertown, New York"; printed on back of instruction sheet: "To shake back the mercury column // in a Clinical Thermometer with a Pilot // Grip or similar top: Insert mercury end // into loop of shaker. Slide the shaker // on thermometer until it hits triangle // top. Take twisted ends of shaker in // thumb and first finger of both hands // as shown in illustration. Roll between // thumbs and fingers to cause ther- // mometer to revolve, twirl or spin. // Three or four spins will shake down // mercury column without any effort. // Faichney's // Thermometer // Shaker // Patented // July 1936 // No. 2047801 // DIRECTIONS FOR USE // To see the mercury column, lay // thermometer on flat surface with the // name downward. Lean over the ther- // mometer, looking directly between // scale and figures. If mercury column // stands higher than 97° mark, shake // down before using. // Sterilize by immersing in alcohol // or any dependable antiseptic solution. // DO NOT STERILIZE IN HOT // WATER AS EXCESSIVE HEAT // WILL CAUSE THERMOMETER // TO BREAK."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Box corners repaired with hinging tape
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/history-of-the-thermometer--8
https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article/95/4/251/1562440
https://patents.google.com/patent/US2047801
Research Facts
In 1593, Galileo invented the thermoscope, a predecessor of the thermometer.
The first liquid in glass thermometer was invented by The Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando II de' Medici, and used alcohol.
In 1714, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit created the first modern thermometer using mercury.
In 1867, Sir Thomas Albutt invented the first medical thermometer designed to measure human body temperature. It was six inches long and took five minutes to work.
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Dates
1870
1930
1870-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1980.28.1 a-x
Description
A walnut veneer, brass-bound box (x) with a brass lockplate and nameplate; two loose trays lined with velvet; contains 24 instruments: (a) tourniquet of brass, webbing, and leather, patented 1855; (b) trephine of brass and steel; (c) trephine handle made of synthetic horn; (d,e) flat retractors wit…
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Accession Number
1980.28.1 a-x
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Trephining -- instrumentation
Calculi
Description
A walnut veneer, brass-bound box (x) with a brass lockplate and nameplate; two loose trays lined with velvet; contains 24 instruments: (a) tourniquet of brass, webbing, and leather, patented 1855; (b) trephine of brass and steel; (c) trephine handle made of synthetic horn; (d,e) flat retractors with curved ends; (f) trepanning elevator; (g) Hey's saw with cross-hatched ebony handle; (h) curved bistoury with plain ebony handle; (i) aneurism needle with plain ebony handle; (j) hernia knife; (k) scalpel with plain ebony handle; (l) canicula knife with plain ebony handle; (m) stop needle with plain ebony handle; (n) tenaculum forceps; (o) rectal trocar with plain ebony handle; (p) rectal trocar guard, silver plate; (q) lithotomy knife with cross-hatched ebony handle; (r) Dounle hook with cross-hatched ebony handle; (s) silver wire sutures; (t) ligature silk wound on a card; (u) blunt hook (?), no handle; (v) sharp hook (?), no handle; (w) keratome with bone and brass handle.
Number Of Parts
24
Part Names
a - tourniquet
b - trephine - Size: Length 12.0 cm
c - trephine - Size: Length 9.5 cm
d - retractor - Size: Length 15.0 cm
e - retractor - Size: Length 15.0 cm
f - trepanning elevator - Size: Length 14.0 cm
g - Hey's saw - Size: Length 17.0 cm
h - bistoury - Size: Length 17.0 cm
i - aneurism needle - Size: Length 17.0 cm
j - hernia knife - Size: Length 17.0 cm
k - scalpel - Size: Length 15.5 cm
l - canicula knife - Size: Length 15.5 cm
m - stop needle - Size: Length 12.0 cm
n - tenaculum forceps - Size: Length 24.0 cm
o - rectal trocar - Size: Length 21.0 cm
p - rectal trocar guard - Size: Length 14.0 cm
q - lithotomy knife - Size: Length 21.0 cm
r - Dounle hook - Size: Length 15.0 cm
s - wire
t - ligature silk
u - blunt hook (?) - Size: Length 4.0 cm
v - sharp hook (?) - Size: Length 4.0 cm
w - keratome - Size: Length 16.0 cm
x - case - Size: Length 34.0 cm x Width 14.5 cm x Depth 8.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. W.S. Mahon of Willowdale, Ont.
Maker
G. Tiemann & C.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1930
1870-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c, some contents later"
Material
wood: brown; black
metal: yellow; silver
fabric: purple
leather
synthetic horn
bone
cardboard
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-1
Condition Remarks
(i) eye of aneurism needle is broken; (x) veneer on box is starting to rise
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Less detail
Dates
1939
1951
Between 1939-1951
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
004013017 a-k
Description
Box of sutures consisting of 10 sealed glass tubes each containing a needle and catgut sutures; there are three size 0 sutures (a-c), four size 1 (d-g), and three size 2 (h-j); the box is made from yellow cardboard with a white label; it opens at the top and the tubes stand up inside it (similar to…
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Accession Number
004013017 a-k
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Box of sutures consisting of 10 sealed glass tubes each containing a needle and catgut sutures; there are three size 0 sutures (a-c), four size 1 (d-g), and three size 2 (h-j); the box is made from yellow cardboard with a white label; it opens at the top and the tubes stand up inside it (similar to a crayon box); the box can hold 12, two have been removed.
Number Of Parts
11
Part Names
a-j - sutures - Length 10.0 cm x Diam. 1.1 cm
k - box - Length 11.1 cm x Width 8.5 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's father who worked as a ship's medical officer during the Second World War.
Maker
Davis & Geck, Inc.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1939
1951
Between 1939-1951
Date Remarks
The company was established in 1909 and their production factory moved from New York to Connecticut in 1951. A label on the box indicates that the company had been in existence for over 30 years.
Material
glass: clear
cardboard: yellow; white
paper: white
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"Heat Sterilized // CATGUT SUTURES, U.S.P. // CLAUSTRO-THERMAL // (BOILABLE) // Plain - type A // With 3/8 - Circle Eyed Needle // Sizes 0,1,2 Product 903 // Davis & Geck, Inc. // BROOKLYN, N.Y., U.S.A // KALMERID BOILABLE" printed on the front of the box; "FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS // DAVIS & GECK, INC. // HAS SPECIALIZED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE // PREPARATION OF SURGICAL SUTURES // 'This One thing We Do'" printed on the bottom of the box
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10
Condition Remarks
Some slight wear on the box.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Davis & Geck Company Records"
Research Facts
Dr. Prouse served as a ship's medical officer during the second world war rising the rank of Surgeon-Captain; after the war he became an anesthesiologist feeling that he did not have sufficient control over his hands after suffering from rheumatic fever.
Exhibit History
On exhibit: Listerism: Antisepsis and the Roots of Modern Surgery," Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada; Ottawa, 30 May 2013.
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Dates
1915
1947
Between 1915-1947
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
004013018 a-f
Description
Box of sutures consisting of three sealed glass tubes each wrapped in paper (a-c) and containing a needle and sutures; there is also a small metal file (d) wrapped in a piece of paper with information on it (e) the box (f) is yellow with a white label.
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Accession Number
004013018 a-f
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Box of sutures consisting of three sealed glass tubes each wrapped in paper (a-c) and containing a needle and sutures; there is also a small metal file (d) wrapped in a piece of paper with information on it (e) the box (f) is yellow with a white label.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a-c - sutures - Length 9.3 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
d - file - Length 4.8 x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - paper - Length 8.2 cm x Width 4.1 cm
f - box - Length 10.9 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's father who worked as a ship's medical officer during the Second World War.
Maker
G. F. Merson Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Edinburgh
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1915
1947
Between 1915-1947
Date Remarks
The company was established in 1915 and was bought out by Johnson and Johnson in 1974.
Material
glass: clear
paper: white
cardboard: yellow
Inscriptions
"MERSONS // EMERGENCY SUTURES // STERILE // 28/30 IN. White Braided Silk No. 5(T) (Medium) // Half Curved Triangular Needle No. 12 // Non - boilable // G. F. MERSON LTD. // EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND" printed on a label on the box; "FILE // for marking tubes before breaking. // G. F. MERSON LTD., EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND." printed on the piece of paper wrapped around the file
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10
Condition Remarks
Some slight wear on the box.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Ethicon's Humble Beginnings"; CD #3
Research Facts
Dr. Prouse served as a ship's medical officer during the second world war rising the rank of Surgeon-Captain; after the war he became an anesthesiologist feeling that he did not have sufficient control over his hands after suffering from rheumatic fever.
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Taylor dermatherm

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact6394
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
1971.1.1 a-f
Description
Equipment comes in a black metal case (a) that has a broken handle and a hinged lid; (b) is a meter, with measures in degrees Centigrade; (c) is black covered rubber tubing with wooden handles--electrical wires to connect to a terminal on (b); (d) is a blue and red vacuum bottle; (e) is a thermomet…
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Accession Number
1971.1.1 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Thermometers
Skin Temperature
Physical Examination
Description
Equipment comes in a black metal case (a) that has a broken handle and a hinged lid; (b) is a meter, with measures in degrees Centigrade; (c) is black covered rubber tubing with wooden handles--electrical wires to connect to a terminal on (b); (d) is a blue and red vacuum bottle; (e) is a thermometer; (f) is a key attached to the box handle.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 24.0 cm x Width 20.5 cm x Depth 20.5 cm
b - meter
c - rubber tubing
d - vacuum bottle
e - thermometer
f - key
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. A.J. Kerwin of Toronto.
Maker
Taylor Instrument Co.
Site Made (City)
Rochester
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Date is uncertain
Material
metal: black; silver; blue; red
glass: clear; silvered
rubber: black
wood: brown
Inscriptions
On top of case (a) is the word "DERMATHERM" printed on white tape; on meter (b): "Taylor // DERMATHERM // SERIAL PATENT // 197 1,972,516 // Taylor Instrument Co. // Rochester, NY"; "Weston Electrical // Instrument Corp. // Newark, N.J., USA"; on vacuum bottle (d): "MADE IN US OF AMERICA // KEAPS IT // REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. // VACUUM BOTTLE // 2133 // KEAPSIT DIV. NORWICH
CONN"; on thermometer (e): "Taylor Rochester NY # 2645156"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-E2-2
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Photo
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Research Facts
Used for measuring skin temperature.
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