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Beckmann's turbinotomy scissors

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Dates
1892
circa 1892
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
994011008 a-b
Description
This solid metal instrument consists of arm (a) and arm (b); arm (a) begins as a closed oval finger grip; the arms extends from the oval; the inside of the arm is flat and the outside is rounded; a ridge marks the point where the metal is cut to half its thickness, and continues to taper as it near…
Accession Number
994011008 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool -- scissors/shears -- operating
Description
This solid metal instrument consists of arm (a) and arm (b); arm (a) begins as a closed oval finger grip; the arms extends from the oval; the inside of the arm is flat and the outside is rounded; a ridge marks the point where the metal is cut to half its thickness, and continues to taper as it nears the blade end; at the midpoint, a groove is cut to allow the attachment of arm (b); arm (a) bends right after this groove at approximately a 5° angle; it thins and tapers to form a pointed blade that angles outwards slightly; arm (b) is similar to arm (a) except for the following distinctions: below the finger grip on the flat inside of the arm, a short, round metal rod extends towards the inside of arm (a) by 0.5 cm; in addition, in the same position as the groove on arm (a), a short, round metal rod capped by a flat, round disk extends from the flat inside of arm (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - arm - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
b - arm - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
J.F. Hartz Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1892
circa 1892
Date Remarks
Based on patent date stamped on instrument
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"The J.F. Hartz Co." is stamped into the metal on the outside of arm (a), below the finger grips above the joint; the number "12" is stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of arm (a) just above the joint nearest the finger grip end; next to this, towards the finger grips, "PAT.5.3.92" is stamped; the number "12" is stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of arm (b) above the joint nearest the finger grip end.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-13
Condition Remarks
Both arms show signs of normal wear; there are a few fingerprints along the arms, and the plating is worn on the inside of the blades; moderate corrosion is evident here; arm (a) has a spot of corrosion on the inside of the arm where it makes contact from the rod on arm (b); on arm (b) a thin circle of plating wear appears on the outside of the arm opposite the capped rod on the inside; #2: rusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"A Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Also of Aseptic Hospital Furniture," Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 482 (similar to item #2117) (see attached photocopy)
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Bennett's inhaler

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Dates
1920
circa 1920
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
994011014
Description
The inhaler is a hollow, metal cylindrical instrument with two hollow metal tubes leading to two plastic anaesthetic delivery cups; at the bottom of the cylinder, there is a metal cap that was once removable; it has gripping lines stamped into the metal and two vertical rectangular slots on opposi…
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Accession Number
994011014
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Administration, Inhalation -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Inhalation -- inhaler
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- inhaler/mask -- inhaler
Description
The inhaler is a hollow, metal cylindrical instrument with two hollow metal tubes leading to two plastic anaesthetic delivery cups; at the bottom of the cylinder, there is a metal cap that was once removable; it has gripping lines stamped into the metal and two vertical rectangular slots on opposite ends of the diameter of the cap; the bottom of the cap is flat; a metal disk caps this cylinder; from the curved top of this disk, two hollow metal tubes extend, curving outwards slightly away from each other, and forwards; these tubes are each capped by a brown plastic applicator; each applicator has a rounded conical shape with a round hole at the top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Date Remarks
Identified in a 1920 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
plastic: brown
Inscriptions
"HARTZ CO", "DETROIT, CLEVELAND, TORONTO" and "PAT. APPL'D FOR" stamped into the metal cylinder
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-1
Dimension Notes
Length 15.0 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Accretion of a white deposit on nasal applicators at rim of metal attachment; moderate patches of corrosion on metal surface; cap at the bottom of the instrument cannot be removed; #2: tarnished.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrated Catalogue of a Complete Line of Standard Surgical Instruments," by Codman & Shurtleff, 1920, p. 23 (item #1253) (see attached photocopy); CD #1
Research Facts
This anaesthetic inhaler was filled with cotton batting saturated with ether or chloroform; the anaesthetic was delivered to the patient by inserting the delivery cups into the nostrils. Dr. Williams identified this item as a "nasal douche."
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Cameron's Dentalamp

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Dates
1916
circa 1916
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011011
Description
This instrument consists of a small, round mirror, attached by a metal clip to a white, cylindrical glass pen-like component that has a metal threaded short cylinder at the end; the mirror is tilted downwards at approximately a 10° angle; it is encased in a yellowish metal circular frame; a thin ar…
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Accession Number
994011011
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Transillumination -- instrumentation
Description
This instrument consists of a small, round mirror, attached by a metal clip to a white, cylindrical glass pen-like component that has a metal threaded short cylinder at the end; the mirror is tilted downwards at approximately a 10° angle; it is encased in a yellowish metal circular frame; a thin arm extends from the back of the frame, curves slightly and leads to a metal clip; this square clip is attached to the white penlike component; it does not completely encircle the glass; the glass tube ends at a brownish metal cylinder; the outside of the cylinder has metal threading, possibly to attach another piece that is now missing; a round, black metal conical bump rises from the top of this cylinder--it was possibly a connector for a small battery; on the opposite end of the white glass pen, facing the mirror, a round glass window can be seen.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1916
circa 1916
Date Remarks
Determined by patent date etched in glass tube.
Material
metal: silver; yellow-brown; black
glass: white; clear; silvered
Inscriptions
"CAMERON'S DENTALAMP", "PAT. 12-15-16" and "CHICAGO . U.S.A." appear to be hand-etched into the glass pen; "HOLYOKE" is stamped into the back of the metal arm; what appears to be the profile of a the head of a native American wearing a headdress, with the letter "3" directly below, is etched or stamped into the metal at the back of the mirror (see accession sheet for sketch).
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-3
Dimension Notes
Length 15.2 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 1.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Some corrosion is evident on the metal clip where the plating has flaked away, and on the threaded metal cylinder on the other end of the glass pen.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrations of Instruments of Superior Quality," The Kny-Scheerer Co., 1915, p. 3310 (item #C/-15926-28) (see attached photocopy); CD #2
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. M. Williams as an "illuminated laryngeal mirror"; the item identified in the catalogue is similar in shape and function, but has no light battery component and no clip holding the mirror to the pen.
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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cautery and snare handle with straight nasal electrode

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011021 a-f
Description
The item consists of a cautery and snare handle (a) with straight nasal electrode (b) and securing caps (c-f); the hollow, double cylindrical handle is smooth and has two cylindrical, threaded metal connector rods on either end; on one side of the handle, two reddish, rubber, flat round pieces are …
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Accession Number
994011021 a-f
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Description
The item consists of a cautery and snare handle (a) with straight nasal electrode (b) and securing caps (c-f); the hollow, double cylindrical handle is smooth and has two cylindrical, threaded metal connector rods on either end; on one side of the handle, two reddish, rubber, flat round pieces are on either end; a shallow, flat metal groove runs between the two cylinders; a round wooden on/off switch is on one edge of the handle towards the cauterizing end; the on/off switch can be moved; on the side of the handle opposite the round rubber pieces, a wooden wire spool is attached by two parallel, flat, thin metal arms, held to the handle by a slotted screw; the two connecting rods at the cautery end of the handle fit the straight nasal electrode; there is a small, round hole on either end of the connectors; the two metal prongs of the electrode are secured to the connecting rods of the handle by securing caps (c) and (d); the two solid, round prongs of electrode (b) are twisted together in the mid-section, and a black strip of metal, possibly iron, is twisted between them in a spiral; the two prongs separate and run straight close together nearing the cauterizing tip; the prongs end at a thin metal wire that forms a loop at the tip of the electrode; two securing caps (c, d) secure the prongs of the electrode to the upper two connecting rods on the handle, and two (e, f) cap the two lower power source connecting rods on the handle; the securing caps are small, hollow, threaded, and bullet-shaped; two rows of gripping lines are stamped around their middles.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - handle - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
b - nasal electrode - Size: Length 13.4 cm x Width 1.2 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
c - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
d - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
e - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
f - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to items shown in 1890s catalogue; identified by Dr. M. Williams as circa 1900
Material
metal: silver; black
wood: light brown; dark brown
rubber: reddish-brown
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Condition Remarks
No dents, cracks or corrosion; normal signs of wear present on metal surfaces in the form of small scratches; small red rust stains at entrance of wire holes; #2: condition unchanged; #3: condition unchanged.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physicians' Supplies and Hospital Furnishings," by the A.S. Aloe Co., 189–, p. 694 (similar to item 9684); "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189–, p. 105 (similar to item 1074) (see attached photocopies); CD #2
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. M. Williams as "galvanocauteries, circa 1900"
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it; on exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosities, Sept. 2001-May 2002; taken to Toronto for one day for TVO's "More to Life" shoot.
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Demarest-Sluder's tonsil guillotine; tonsillectome; tonsillotome

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Dates
1920
circa 1920
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011035 a-d
Description
The tonsillectome is a gun-like instrument with a grooved hand grip (a) that connects at a 75° angle to the blade housing arm; the back of the arm has a slanted rectangular fenestrated piece that extends beyond the handle; the tip of the arm has a slightly flared, rounded fenestration; a lipped gro…
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Accession Number
994011035 a-d
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Tonsillectomy -- instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- tome -- tonsillotome
Description
The tonsillectome is a gun-like instrument with a grooved hand grip (a) that connects at a 75° angle to the blade housing arm; the back of the arm has a slanted rectangular fenestrated piece that extends beyond the handle; the tip of the arm has a slightly flared, rounded fenestration; a lipped groove borders the fenestration to accomodate blade (b), which slides into housing arm (a) by sliding over the grooved extension; the flared tip of (b) is congruent with the flare on the housing arm; the other end of the blade arm is a short metal bar extending on either side of the arm, and a round, hollow metal cylinder with threads inside extending perpendicular to this bar to form a T-shaped end; a much smaller, round, solid metal cylinder extends from the bar, beside the larger hollow cylinder; the blade is held in place by inserting the hollow cylinder at its end into a washer, then flywheel (c), a hollow metal cylinder with a round hole and grooved locking mechanism at one end and a round hole with two rounded flared arms on either side at the other; screw knob (d) is then inserted through the upper hole of the flywheel, and is screwed into the threaded cylinder at the end of the blade arm (b); screw knob (d) is a threaded, solid, short rod capped by a round, concave disc; two rows of gripping lines are stamped around the edges of the disc.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - handle and blade housing - Size: Length 26.5 cm x Width 16.3 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
b - blade - Size: Length 16.0 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
c - flywheel - Size: Length 2.5 cm x Width 6.2 cm x Depth 1.4 cm
b - screw knob - Size: Length 2.0 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Date Remarks
Identified in a 1920 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"00" is stamped into the metal of handle and blade housing (a), on the top side of the arm; "00" is also stamped on blade (b) on the bottom side of the arm in the middle; the number "3" is stamped on the opposite side; "00" also appears at the bottom of flywheel (c), under the locking mechanism on the base.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-4
Condition Remarks
The tonsillectome shows signs of wear and traces of inactive corrosion; the metal plating on flywheel (c) is flaking away, exposing the brass underneath; #2: rusty, tarnished, and worn.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrated Catalogue of a Complete Line of Standard Surgical Instruments," by Codman & Shurtleff, 1920, p. 228 (similar to item #7776) (see attached photocopy); CD #5
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as a "Sluder tonsillotome."
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Douglas's nasal snare

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Dates
1915
circa 1915
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011009 a-c
Description
This nasal snare is comprised of several components; one end has a round, closed finger grip; it is joined to a square, notched rod by a small bell-shaped piece; the four faces of the square rod are smooth, and small grooves run along each of the four corners; a hollow square rod, with two closed r…
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Accession Number
994011009 a-c
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool -- snare -- loop -- nasal
Description
This nasal snare is comprised of several components; one end has a round, closed finger grip; it is joined to a square, notched rod by a small bell-shaped piece; the four faces of the square rod are smooth, and small grooves run along each of the four corners; a hollow square rod, with two closed round finger grips attached to two opposite sides can be moved up and down the solid grooved rod; a round metal disk with gripping lines stamped into its top and bottom rims can be turned to move it up and down the rod; it runs above the hollow rod with the two finger grips towards the wire end of the instrument, and can be set to limit the movement of the hollow square rod along the solid, square notched rod; past the spinning disk, the notched solid square rod bends at a rounded 45° angle, and the notches disappear; it bends again at a rounded 45° angle, and melds into a round, hollow short rod; on the face of this rod closest to the square rod piece, there is a small hole with metal threads; this hole accepts screw (b), which has a flat cap, with gripping lines stamped around the rim; a short, round threaded rod extends from this cap; a thin, round, hollow rod runs through the previous round hollow rod; towards the finger grip end, it flares out and ends at a round disk-like component, to reveal another thin rod extending towards the finger grip end; this rod ends at a small disk with gripping lines stamped into its top and bottom rims; this disk is attached to a round, short, metal cylinder that is attached to one of the closed round finger grips attached to the hollow, square, movable rod; a short, hollow threaded rod extends from the face of this cylinder to accept screw (c), which has a rounded cap and slanted gripping lines stamped into its rim; a short, solid, metal rod with metal threads extends from the cap; towards the small end, the round hollow rod extends from the larger hollow rod; the hole at its end reveals the toothed end of a thin, flat rod within the round hollow rod.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - snare - Size: Length 18.6 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 2.2 cm
b - bottom screw - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.7 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
c - top screw - Size: Length 1.9 cm x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
George Ermold
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1915
circa 1915
Date Remarks
Item found in 1915 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
The number "49" is stamped into the metal on one face of the square metal notched rod, nearest the first finger grip; this number is also stamped on the bottom of the cylinder attached to the closed round finger grip attached to the hollow square rod; "Ermold" is stamped into the metal of the notched square rod, on the face opposite to "49"; "steel" is stamped into the metal of the solid square rod, past the rounded bend on the un-notched component.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-11
Condition Remarks
There are some slight rust stains on the base of the square notched rod by the finger grips and near the curve of the rod; after the curve of the square rod towards the snare end, a patch of the plating is worn where the word "steel" is stamped on the metal, and on the opposite side; screw (b) has some black grime under the rim; slight corrosion on one face of the hollow square rod; #2: tarnished, rusty, and bent.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrations of Surgical Instruments of Superior Quality," The Kny-Scheerer Co., ca. 1915, p. 3157 (item #C/-8873) (see attached photocopy); CD #4.
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Ehrlich-Hata's syringe

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Dates
1915
circa 1915
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
994011029 a-b
Description
The item consists of a glass and metal syringe (a) and needle holder (b); syringe consists of a metal plunger joined to a hollow glass canister by a cupped metal cap with a curving metal end cap; the plunger has a round, flat metal knob joined to a hollow metal rod; the metal rod enters a round hol…
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Accession Number
994011029 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Syringes
MM= Injections -- hypodermic syringe
Description
The item consists of a glass and metal syringe (a) and needle holder (b); syringe consists of a metal plunger joined to a hollow glass canister by a cupped metal cap with a curving metal end cap; the plunger has a round, flat metal knob joined to a hollow metal rod; the metal rod enters a round hole in the top of a round metal disc-like cap; a round, metal cylindrical block is visible within the clear glass canister, attached to the metal rod; along the edges of the metal cap, there is an L-shaped groove, and a T-shaped groove that extends to the surface of the cap; a small, round button is on the flat metal bottom of each groove; no part of this artifact can currently be moved; the glass cylinder has red-painted lines next to red-painted numbers running vertically, indicating a 10-cc capacity; the glass cylinder is topped by a round, metal, funnel-shaped cap; a thin, short, hollow cylinder extends from the curved surface of the cap; a small hole is at the end of this cylinder; the needle holder (b) fits on top of this rod; the needle holder is a small, hollow metal t-shaped piece; it has a round, lipped hole at one end, where it attaches to (a); a smaller round hole is at the alternate end; two curved metal arms extend from either side of the piece.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - syringe - Size: Length 17.5 cm x Diam. 3.8 cm
b - needle holder - Size: Length 1.2 cm x Width 0.8 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
Record Syringes
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1915
circa 1915
Date Remarks
Identified similar item in 1915 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
glass: clear
paint: red
Inscriptions
"MADE IN U.S.A." and "REAL RECORD" stamped into the push-handle rim of the syringe; the numbers 1-10 are painted in red vertically up and down the glass cylinder, separated with red lines; "cc" is painted in red next to the number "10"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D5-3
Condition Remarks
Bluish-green corrosion along metal cap rims where they meet the glass canister on (a); whitish deposit covers the inner surface of the glass canister; plunger cannot be moved; a small, dark worn patch has developed on and above the lip on (b); #2: metal corroded, plastic dirty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrations of Surgical Instruments of Superior Quality," The Kny-Scheerer Co., ca. 1915, p. 2344 (similar to item #B/-9775-79) (see attached photocopy); CD #2
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as "a syringe"; very similar to item shown in catalogue, but without the needle.
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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esophageal bougie

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011023 a-g
Description
The esophageal bougie consists of a handle and rod (a), handle cap (b), and five metal olive-shaped tips of different sizes (c-g); the bougie handle and rod has a cylindrical metal hollow handle; the bottom of the handle is threaded to accomodate the handle cap; the bougie tips fit inside the handl…
Accession Number
994011023 a-g
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Esophagoscopy -- instrumentation
Endoscopy -- instrumentation
MM= Dilatation -- bougie -- esophageal
Description
The esophageal bougie consists of a handle and rod (a), handle cap (b), and five metal olive-shaped tips of different sizes (c-g); the bougie handle and rod has a cylindrical metal hollow handle; the bottom of the handle is threaded to accomodate the handle cap; the bougie tips fit inside the handle; the top of the handle has gripping lines stamped into the metal around the rim; the handle tapers to form a funnel shape and leads to a thin, flat rod; at the end of the rod there is a small bell-shaped metal piece with a short, round, solid threaded metal rod extending from it; this metal rod attaches to the bougie tips; the handle cap screws onto the bottom end of the bougie handle and rod; it is a circular, flat metal cup, with gripping lines stamped around the flat disc-like surface; a smooth metal lip precedes the opening; there are metal threads running along the inner vertical surface; the inner bottom is flat; the bougie tips are all metal and olive-shaped; they each have a round threaded hole in the centre of the wider, rounded end; they attach to the rod end of the bougie handle and rod, and can be stored in the hollow handle; they range in size from large to small.
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - bougie handle and rod - Size: Length 5.7 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
b - handle cap - Size: Length 0.7 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
c - bougie tip - Size: Length 3.0 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
d - bougie tip - Size: Length 2.5 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
e - bougie tip - Size: Length 2.3 cm x Diam. 1.2 cm
f - bougie tip - Size: Length 2.3 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
g - bougie tip - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Diam. 0.8 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to item shown in 1890s catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E6-11
Condition Remarks
Metal surfaces are showing slight signs of wear; one large patch of greenish-grey corrosion has developed on the bougie handle (a); it is 2.5 cm long and 1 cm high; smaller patches extend from the larger patch; small patches of wear are also on the rod and on the largest bougie tip (c); no dents or major damage.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physicians' Supplies and Hospital Furnishings," by the A.S. Aloe Co., 189–, p. 328 (similar to item 6189) (see attached photocopy)
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as a "metal olive-tipped bougie"; illustration in the catalogue shows six tips; this artifact has only five.
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Dates
1966
circa 1966
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
994011032
Description
The ether hook consists of a hollow metal tube; a small, cup-shaped metal cylinder with a round hole at the end tapers into a round metal tube; the tube flares near the hook end, and then narrows to form a flat tube; this flat portion curves to form a hook; the hook ends with an oblong hole, with a…
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Accession Number
994011032
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- tube
Description
The ether hook consists of a hollow metal tube; a small, cup-shaped metal cylinder with a round hole at the end tapers into a round metal tube; the tube flares near the hook end, and then narrows to form a flat tube; this flat portion curves to form a hook; the hook ends with an oblong hole, with a curved, square piece of metal extending slightly past the hole on the inner side of the curve.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1966
circa 1966
Date Remarks
Similar item identified in 1966 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-2
Dimension Notes
Length 8.8 x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Item shows signs of wear; plating is worn along the edges of the hook; there are small scratches and dents along the tube; two patches of plate wear appear on the cup; no large dents or signs of corrosion; plate wear also appears in the form of black lines in the crease between the cup and the rod; #2: tarnished.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Surgical Instrument Catalogue," by the Storz Instrument Co., 1966, p. 284 (similar to item #N-7611) (see attached photocopy); CD #1
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified this item as an "ether hook."
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
Images
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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011015
Description
The flexible probe consists of a control knob, finger grips, and a thin, hollow rod with a spiral groove at its end; a small, solid metal rod, flat on one side and round on the others, projects from the bottom of a bell-shaped control knob; the rounded sides of the solid rod have a metal thread; th…
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Accession Number
994011015
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Diagnosis, Oral -- instrumentation
MM= Exploring Instruments -- probe
Description
The flexible probe consists of a control knob, finger grips, and a thin, hollow rod with a spiral groove at its end; a small, solid metal rod, flat on one side and round on the others, projects from the bottom of a bell-shaped control knob; the rounded sides of the solid rod have a metal thread; the bell-shaped knob has gripping lines stamped along its bottom rim; this knob controls the curvature of the end of the rod opposite the knob end; the knob is attached to a hollow, round metal rod; two closed, round finger grips extend from either side of this rod; two small, round screws with slotted tops enter the rod on either side of the finger grips; after the upper screw, the finger-grip rod component is attached to a straight, hollow thinner rod; approximately 2/3 of this rod is smooth; the last 1/3 has a curving, thin groove cut into the metal; this groove gives the instrument its flexibility; the rod tapers and ends in a rounded tip; a small round hole runs from one side of the tip to the other.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to item shown in 1890s catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-7
Dimension Notes
Length 31.0 cm x Width 5.2 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
Condition Remarks
A thin stress split runs vertically down the middle rod, from the finger-grip attachment towards the flexible end; it is 4.5 cm long; slight patches of corrosion can be seen above the upper screw on the finger-grip component and on the surface inside the finger grips; four spots of corrosion can be seen on the smooth part of the rod above the grips; slight corrosion also runs along the flexing grooves and at the tip.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physicians' Supplies and Hospital Furnishings," by the A.S. Aloe Co., 189–, p. 328 (similar to item 6194) (see attached photocopy); CD #2
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. M. Williams as a "flexible probe"; similar in form to the oesophageal forceps shown in the catalogue, but the item does not have the gripping pincers shown in the illustration; possibly a laryngeal instrument.
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
Images
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