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Collection
Dr. J. Duffin Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996005002 a-l
Description
(a) Black cloth-covered wooden case with a lid which is hinged at the back and has two metal fasteners at the front; the inside of the case has burgundy satin and velvet lining and slots for storing an aspirator; (b-f) the aspirator consists of (b) a hollow cylindrical tube; (c) plunger; (d) end wi…
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Accession Number
996005002 a-l
Collection
Dr. J. Duffin Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Suction -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Black cloth-covered wooden case with a lid which is hinged at the back and has two metal fasteners
at the front; the inside of the case has burgundy satin and velvet lining and slots for storing
an aspirator; (b-f) the aspirator consists of (b) a hollow cylindrical tube; (c) plunger; (d)
end with in and out holes and (e-f) hollow tube caps; all of which attach by screwing on; (g) stopcock
with a rubber plug around a central hollow tube which branches off into two tubes with open/
closed switches; (h-j) tube attachments; (k-l) trocars
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 25.6 cm. x Width 12.4 cm. x Depth 3.9 cm.
b - aspirator tube - Size: Length 11.8 cm. x Diameter2.2
c - aspirator plunger - Size: Length 14.9 cm. x Width 4.9 cm. x Depth 3.5 cm.
d - aspirator end - Size: Length 2.9 cm. x Width 2.9 cm. x Depth 1.3 cm.
e - aspirator tube cap (out) - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter1.2
f - aspirator tube cap (in) - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Diameter1.2
g - aspirator stopcock - Size: Length 9.7 cm. x Width 8.7 cm. x Depth 2.4 cm.
h - aspirator tube attachment - Size: Length 2.7 cm. x Diameter0.8
i - aspirator tube attachment - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter0.8
j - aspirator tube attachment - Size: Length 2.6 cm. x Diameter0.8
k - trocar - Size: Length 14.1 cm. x Diameter1.0
l - trocar - Size: Length 7.4 cm. x Diameter1.1
Provenance
Donated by Dr. J. Duffin who found this and 996.005.001 in her office, but never owned or used
them; the former occupant of the office, Sam Shortt, M.D., may have further information
Material
wood: beige
fabric: black; red
rubber: red; black
metal: silver
Inscriptions
The end with the in/out has engraved direction arrows; there was a tag with the number "1335" inside
the case (not saved)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-11
Condition Remarks
Some corrosion is visible on the metal parts; the rubber has become very dry and hard; the black
rubber parts have cracked very badly and much is missing; #2: metal syringe oxidized and corroded, dirty
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"40000 Medical Words Pronounced and Defined" (1927 ed.); "Blakiston's Illustrated Pocket Medical
Dictionary" (1952), pp. 74, 757; CD #7
Research Facts
An aspirator is a negative pressure instrument for withdrawing fluids from cavities; a trocar is a
surgical instrument for puncturing cavities for the removal of fluid contained therein; it consists
of a hollow tube or cannula within which is a snugly-fitting bayonet-pointed mandrel or perforating
core
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surgical catgut needle

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Collection
Dr. J. Duffin Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996005003 a-d
Description
Collection of four needles (a-c); curved suture needles which are pointed at one end and have a hole to string through sutures at the other end; the needle itself is thin flat steel; (d) needle from a hypodermic; the needle itself is long hollow steel with a pointed tip; the end which attaches to t…
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Accession Number
996005003 a-d
Collection
Dr. J. Duffin Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Ligation
MM= Needles -- suture
MM= Injections -- hypodermic needles
Description
Collection of four needles (a-c); curved suture needles which are pointed at one end and have a hole to string through sutures at the other end; the needle itself is thin flat steel; (d) needle from a hypodermic; the needle itself is long hollow steel with a pointed tip; the end which attaches to the hypodermic has screw threads on the inside.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - needle, suture - Size: Length 7.2 cm. x Width 0.1 cm.
b - needle, suture - Size: Length 6.8 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
c - needle, suture - Size: Length 6.2 cm. x Width 0.1 cm.
d - needle, syringe - Size: Length 9.1 cm. x Diameter0.7
Provenance
Donated by Dr. J. Duffin who found these as well as other pieces (996.005.001 and .002) in her office, but never owned or used them.
Material
metal: silver
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-12 (a-c)
0010-D5-6 (d)
Condition Remarks
(a-c) the needles show very minor corrosion; (d) the hypodermic needle has some corrosion, especially near the base; #2: corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Miltex Instrument Company Illustrated Catalog - Surgical Instruments", p. 59
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