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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.
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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.
Images
Less detail