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bath thermometer

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Dates
1906
circa 1906
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003099
Description
Bath thermometer, which consists of a narrow flat piece of wood with a rounded bottom and a top piece that curves inwards, then back outwards to create a handle with a rounded outer edge; the handle section has a small hole drilled through the wood; the front of the wooden piece has a long, narrow …
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Accession Number
000003099
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Thermometers
Temperature
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Bath thermometer, which consists of a narrow flat piece of wood with a rounded bottom and a top piece that curves inwards, then back outwards to create a handle with a rounded outer edge; the handle section has a small hole drilled through the wood; the front of the wooden piece has a long, narrow groove cut into the wood, which has a rounded bottom; this is designed to securely hold a glass thermometer; the thermometer is cylindrical with a rounded top and a bulbous bottom; the thermometer has red fluid inside it; there is an incremental scale stamped onto the wood in ink beside the thermometer; the thermometer is held into the wood with two small thin metal bands; the back of the wooden piece is flat and has writing on it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital for continuous bath therapy water monitoring.
Dates
1906
circa 1906
Date Remarks
Continuous bath therapy used at Kingston Psychiatric Hospital from 1906 until the 1940s
Material
metal: grey
wood: beige
glass: clear
Inscriptions
The front of the thermometer has a manufacturer's mark (mostly illegible) that reads, "A [illeg.] // H [illeg.]"; under this is an incremented scale with numbers on the right side that read, "65 // 60 // 50 // 40 // 30 // 20 // 10 // 0 // -5" and the lefts side of the scale reads, "C° // HOT // WARM // TEPID // TEMP // COOL // U.S."; the back of the wooden piece reads, "Wd. 3. K.W"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
Dimension Notes
Length 5.1 cm x Width 22.8 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The wood shows some wear and some staining, but is complete; some of the printing is illegible; the glass is complete and undamaged; the metal bands are discoloured but do not show active corrosion; #2: Note: contains mercury.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Rockwood Asylum 1906 Annual Report; "125 Years Keeping People Healthy Kingston Psychiatric Hospital," by Jane Lesslie, 1981, p. 28; Connie Cox, retired KPH nurse.
Research Facts
Continuous bath therapy was used at Kingston Psychiatric Hospital from 1906 until the 1940s; nurses or attendants were required to check the water temperature every 15 minutes.
Exhibit History
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016. In plexibox 1 of exhibit "Asylum" The Story of Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, Dec. 5, 2000.
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Beckmann adjustable thermometer

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Dates
1950
circa 1950
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
Accession Number
994010010 a-b
Description
Long cylindrical thermometer; mercury; bottom portion of tube clear, upper portion clear with a white scale; silver cap to top; housed in a black hard case; blue velvet interior.
Accession Number
994010010 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
MeSH Heading
Calorimetry -- instrumentation
Thermometers
Temperature
Chemistry, Analytical -- instrumentation
Description
Long cylindrical thermometer; mercury; bottom portion of tube clear, upper portion clear with a white scale; silver cap to top; housed in a black hard case; blue velvet interior.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - thermometer - Size: Length 58.2 cm. x Width 1.0 cm. x Diameter1.8 cm.
b - case - Size: Length 65.0 cm. x Width 3.8 cm. x Depth 4.0 cm.
Maker
Fisher Scientific Co.
Site Made (Country)
Western Germany
Dates
1950
circa 1950
Material
glass: clear; white
leather: black
fabric: blue
Inscriptions
Back of thermometer reads: "Beckmann Thermometer / Centigrade 1/100° / graduated at setting of plus 20° C. / Fisher Scientific Co / Jenaer Normaigias / Made in West Germany"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F6-4
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Reference Comments
Dr. Wally Breck; Dr. Robert C. Wheeler; Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Research Facts
A student's tool; used in the exercise of calorimetry; to measure emission of heat consumption, dissolution, vaporization of fuel; focusses a small range of degrees, read to the 1000th of a degree; adjustable scale can move mercury up
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laboratory thermometer

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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Gillies Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
Accession Number
004045008 a-c
Description
A glass thermometer (a) in a cylindrical wooden case (b) with a cap (c); the thermometer has a loop at the top for attaching a string or wire, and tapers to a point at the bottom; it goes up to 120 degrees fairenheit; there is a green paper label on the case.
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Accession Number
004045008 a-c
Collection
Gillies Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
MeSH Heading
Calorimetry -- instrumentation
Thermometers
Temperature
Chemistry, Analytical -- instrumentation
Description
A glass thermometer (a) in a cylindrical wooden case (b) with a cap (c); the thermometer has a loop at the top for attaching a string or wire, and tapers to a point at the bottom; it goes up to 120 degrees fairenheit; there is a green paper label on the case.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - thermometer - Size: Length 26.0 cm x Diam. 0.6 cm
b - case - Size: Length 25.5 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm.
c - cap - Size: Length 6.1 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
Provenance
This artifact was used by the donor's uncle Dr. Walter Barnhart during the 1920s to the 1940s in his personal lab, possibly for arthritis research; this is not the original case for this thermometer.
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Date Remarks
The donor states that it was used from the 1920s through to the 1940s.
Material
glass: clear
wood: brown
paper: green
Inscriptions
There is an indecipherable word engraved on the thermometer as well as "Gas Filled" and "Germany" and gradute markings from 00 to 120 with an F at the top; the label on the case reads "ENGRAVED THERMOMETER // Catalog No. Z4242 Length 10 Inches // Range 0 to 80°C."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F6-4
Condition Remarks
There is a bit of staining on the wood.
Reference Types
Person
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Richard Gillies; "Catalogue of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments (JC-141)," CENCO, Toronto, 1942, p. 286 (similar to item 16355) (see attached photocopy); CD #9
Research Facts
The donor graduated from medical school in 1955.
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