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Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
004013009 a-c
Description
A tonsil needle in a case; the needle (a) is metal and consists of a shaft which bends at about 45 degrees towards the tip; the tip is corked; it has a luer-lok end; the box is cardboard and consists of a white base (b) and a burgundy lid (c).
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Accession Number
004013009 a-c
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Ligation -- instrumentation
Tonsillectomy -- instrumentation
MM= Needles -- suture -- ligating
Description
A tonsil needle in a case; the needle (a) is metal and consists of a shaft which bends at about 45 degrees towards the tip; the tip is corked; it has a luer-lok end; the box is cardboard and consists of a white base (b) and a burgundy lid (c).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - needle - Size: Length 11.0 cm x Width 2.8 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
b - box base - Size: Length 16.7 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 1.8 cm
c - box lid - Size: Length 16.9 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 1.9 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's father who worked as a ship's medical officer during the Second World War.
Maker
Becton, Dickinson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Rutherford
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
The patent numbers are from 1940.
Material
metal: silver
cardboard: white, burgundy
Inscriptions
"No. 465LNRC (Curved) Size - 23 Gauge 1/2" // B-D // YALE TONSIL NEEDLE // HYPER-CHROME RUSTLESS STEEL// BECTON, DICKINSON & CO., RUTHERFORD, N.J., MADE IN U.S.A." printed on a label on the top of the box; "U.S. PATS. NOS. // 1,742,497 // 2,076,121 // 2,211,537" on a small label at the end of the box
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-6
Condition Remarks
Some slight wear on the box.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Biddington's: United States Patent Dates and Numbers--1836-1990"; 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.
Images
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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.
Images
Less detail
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.
Images
Less detail
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
004013019 a-d
Description
A metal tin holding five suturing needles; the needles (a) are curved half circles and are attached to a piece of gauze; there is another folded up piece of gauze; the tin is round and is gold; it has a base (c) and a lid (d).
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Accession Number
004013019 a-d
Collection
Alan Prouse Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Needles -- suture
Description
A metal tin holding five suturing needles; the needles (a) are curved half circles and are attached to a piece of gauze; there is another folded up piece of gauze; the tin is round and is gold; it has a base (c) and a lid (d).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - needles in gauze - Size: Length 4.8 x Width 3.7 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
b - gauze - Size: Length 6.0 x Width 5.1 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
c - tin base - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 6.1 cm
d - tin lid - Size: Length 0.9 cm x Diam. 6.2 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's father who worked as a ship's medical officer during the Second World War.
Material
metal: silver; yellow
fabric: white
Inscriptions
"2 Catgut Needles // 2 Med. Cutting Needles" printed in pencil on the lid; "STERILE" stamped on the lid
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-12
Condition Remarks
The tin is dented and worn; the needles are corroded and have stained the gauze.
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
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.
Images
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