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bipolar electrosurgical forceps

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Dates
1980
85
circa 1980-85
Collection
Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gynaecology
Accession Number
007023006
Description
Bipolar electrosurgical forceps white plastic cylinder style with rod portion covered with a semi-opaque white plastic; sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; plastic button at top of handle; attached at bottom of handle 293.0 cm wiring ending with ele…
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Accession Number
007023006
Collection
Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Electrosurgery
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Grasping and Fixating -- forceps
Description
Bipolar electrosurgical forceps white plastic cylinder style with rod portion covered with a semi-opaque white plastic; sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; plastic button at top of handle; attached at bottom of handle 293.0 cm wiring ending with electrosurgical generator adaptor cable.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Designed and prototype used by Dr. Jacques-Emile Rioux, MD, MPH, FACOG.; part of the SOGC historical collection.
Maker
s. e. m. i.
Dates
1980
85
circa 1980-85
Date Remarks
Date of final evolution of prototypes. The designer, Dr. Rioux, provided date of this prototype.
Material
plastic: white, grey, red, blue, yellow
metal: black
Inscriptions
Embossed on handle: "s.e.m.i."; embossed on cable connector: "neomed".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D7-10
Dimension Notes
Length 30.0 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 2.3 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada," Oct. 2006, pp 909-12; both hard copy and from journal Web site; "Electrical Considerations of Laparoscopic Sterilization" in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Oct. 1973, Vol. II No. 4; CD #2.
Research Facts
Used in OG/GYN laparoscopy surgical procedures.
Exhibit History
S.O.G.C. Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario exhibit "Safe Laparoscopic Tubal Sterilisation: A Made-in-Canada Solution"--May 28, 2008 - May 30, 2010
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bipolar electrosurgical Palmer's forceps

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Dates
1973
circa 1973
Collection
Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gynaecology
Accession Number
007023001
Description
Bipolar electrosurgical Palmer's forceps is a rod shape with a semi- opaque white plastic sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; the handle is in the shape of two finger rings on both sides and one at the end; a pair of electrical connecting rods are …
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Accession Number
007023001
Collection
Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Electrosurgery
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Grasping and Fixating -- forceps
Description
Bipolar electrosurgical Palmer's forceps is a rod shape with a semi- opaque white plastic sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; the handle is in the shape of two finger rings on both sides and one at the end; a pair of electrical connecting rods are above the finger rings; without manufacturer's marks.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Designed and prototype used by Dr. Jacques-Emile Rioux, MD, MPH, FACOG.; part of the SOGC historical collection.
Maker
CRIQ - Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec
Site Made (City)
Ste. Foy
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1973
circa 1973
Date Remarks
Date of this prototype was provided by the designer, Dr. Rioux.
Material
plastic: white
metal: silver, yellow
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D7-10
Dimension Notes
Length 31.5 cm x Width 7.0 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Shows some wear around edges.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada," Oct. 2006, pp 909-12; both hard copy and from journal Web site; "Electrical Considerations of Laparoscopic Sterilization" in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Oct. 1973, Vol. II No. 4; CD #2
Research Facts
First bipolar electrosurgical forceps prototype designed by Canadian Dr. Rioux, who is acknowledged as the first doctor to bring this technique to Canada. Rioux trained at Laval, Quebec and at Johns Hopkins, US also in Paris, France under Dr. Raoul Palmer (1967-68) who used only unipolar electrosurgical forceps in endoscopic surgeries / laparoscopies. Rioux performed the first of these at Johns Hopkins in 1968. Instrument is used for OB/GYN laparoscopic surgeries such as an electrocoagulation of the tubes for sterilization, where a pure coagulating current was applied and burned the tube, instead of previously burning through other areas. Several research articles concerning this Canadian invention by Dr. Rioux, and on the designer are located in the donor file.
Exhibit History
S.O.G.C. Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario exhibit "Safe Laparoscopic Tubal Sterilisation: A Made-in-Canada Solution"--May 28, 2008 - May 30, 2010
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Birtcher-built hyfrecator

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
993004093 a-c
Description
Black plastic-covered electrical box has black-handled pointed wire used to electrically remove warts through heated needle; called a "hyfrecator" by manufacturing company; likely still in working condition; used in general practice; operated by floor switch and intensity of voltage; front dial has…
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Accession Number
993004093 a-c
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
Black plastic-covered electrical box has black-handled pointed wire used to electrically remove warts through heated needle; called a "hyfrecator" by manufacturing company; likely still in working condition; used in general practice; operated by floor switch and intensity of voltage; front dial has green plastic "bubble" and dots to indicate voltage level; electric desiccator
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - energy source - Size: Length 20.2 cm. x Width 11.5 cm. x Depth 7.7 cm.
b - cord with wire & handle - Size: Length 180.0 cm. x Diameter0.7 cm.
c - wire with floor switch - Size: Length 191.0 cm. x Diameter0.7 cm.
d - floor switch - Size: x Diameter8.2 cm.
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C.M. Bracken
Maker
The Birtcher Corporation
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Date Remarks
style of electrical wire, dial and green plastic
Material
plastic: black; green
metal:
Inscriptions
Printed in blue on metal plate: BIRTCHER-BUILT "HYFRECATOR" // (REG. U.S. PAT. OFFICE) // SERIAL 129-4354 // MFD. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION - LOS ANGELES // U.S. PAT. NO. D 114,628; embossed in plastic front cover: "0 / INTENSITY / 100 // U.S.A. // BIRTCHER CORP."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Condition Remarks
2004: metal rusty in places
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Hospital and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," the J.F. Hartz Co., Toronto, 1960, p. 92
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Dates
1957
circa 1957
Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
995005094 a-c
Description
(a) Rectangular booklet detailing the uses of the hyfrecator as a method of removing lesions, warts and cancers through a variety of applications; (b) plastic, rectangular control box with four metal female electrical ports; centre top on box is large charge regulator dial; on right side are a pair…
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Accession Number
995005094 a-c
Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Rectangular booklet detailing the uses of the hyfrecator as a method of removing lesions, warts and cancers through a variety of applications; (b) plastic, rectangular control box with four metal female electrical ports; centre top on box is large charge regulator dial; on right side are a pair of C-shaped metal clips for holding (c) in place; on back are four feet and a keyhole-shaped slot, four screws holding on the back plate, and a metal plate with legal information on it; out of the bottom, two rubber-covered electrical cords project; one of them ends in a two-prong male electrical plug; the other cord ends in a circular plastic and rubber foot pedal for the patient; (c) a cylindrical plastic baton with an angled metal spike protection from one end; a rubber electrical cord extends from the other end of the wand, ending in a plastic cylinder with a rounded end and a single prong that connects to the female ports on the front of (b).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - booklet - Size: Length 21.8 cm x Width 14.0 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
b - hyfrecator - Size: Length 193.3 cm x Width 13.6 cm x Depth 8.9 cm
c - baton - Size: Length 180.3 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 1.4 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Burns of Napanee, Ont., a 1947 graduate of the Queen's University Medical Program; some items belonged to Dr. Stratton, who held the Napanee practice prior to Dr. Burns.
Maker
Birtcher
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1957
circa 1957
Date Remarks
Infrecator patented in 1957
Material
metal: silver; black
rubber: black
paper: dark green; tan; amber
plastic: black
Inscriptions
(a) Printed on front cover: "HYFRECATOR // symposium on electrodesiccation // and bi-active coagulation"; printed vertically: "more than 100,000 hyfrecators in daily medical use"; back cover: "Birtcher // 4371 VALLEY BLVD., LOS ANGELES 32, CALIFORNIA // PRINTED IN U.S.A. FORM NO. 50183 50M 6-57 CP"; (b) embossed on foot pedal: "THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION // Birtcher // MADE IN U.S.A."; embossed on end of electrical plug: "33 // ELECTRIX"; embossed on front of control box: "HYFRECATOR"; engraved on control dial: "100 75 50 25 0 // BIRTCHER"; stamped on metal plate, back of box: "Birtcher // t // HYFRECATOR // REG. U.S. PAT OFFICE // MODEL X-712 // SERIAL HC89D2015 [number engraved] // 110/120 VOLTS 1.2 AMPERES 60 ["60" engraved] CYCLES // MFD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION LOS ANGELES 32 // U.S. PATENT NO. D114.628 // TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CANADIAN // STANDARD ASSOCIATION, THIS DEVICE SHOULD NOT // BE OPERATED FOR PERIODS GREATER THAN 15 // SECONDS IN ANY 3 MINUTES. // THIS DEVICE, INSOFAR AS ITS SAFETY FROM ELECTR- // CAL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD IS CONCERNED, HAS // BEEN APPROVED BY THE CANADIAN STANDARDS // ASSOCIATION. THE C.S.A. IS NOT CONCERNED WITH THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF THE RADIATION // FROM THIS DEVICE // C.S.A. APPROVAL NO. 6769"
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #2
(b,c) Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Condition Remarks
(a) Upper right corner dog-eared; cover is stained, creased; (b) plastic pitted with age and wear; persistent stains and grim on relief of object; paint residue on plastic and cords; cords becoming brittle with age; metal slightly tarnished; (c) cord brittle, paint-stained; metal in good condition.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Hospital & Physicians Equipment and Supplies," by J.F. Hartz Co., 1960, p. 92 (similar to item #3H-195) (see attached photocopy); Web site; CD #9
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery. Wikipedia
Used to remove skin lesions, benign and malignant; use discontinued because of the amounts of radio, television and broadcast interference generated by its use (RF1, TV1, BCI)
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
1978.2.5
Description
A black box has cables connected to it; the end of one cable has a probe (?) and the end of another cable has a round, black, puck-like pad.
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Accession Number
1978.2.5
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
A black box has cables connected to it; the end of one cable has a probe (?) and the end of another cable has a round, black, puck-like pad.
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. Freeman of Willowdale, Ont.
Material
plastic: black
rubber: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
996025001
Description
Hyfrecator, which consists of an electric instrument housed in a rectangular plastic box with a metal base; the top of the hyfrecator has an intensity dial which can be turned to the right from 0 to 100; below the dial is an attached piece of round green plastic; the left side has four plugin sites…
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Accession Number
996025001
Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
Hyfrecator, which consists of an electric instrument housed in a rectangular plastic box with a metal base; the top of the hyfrecator has an intensity dial which can be turned to the right from 0 to 100; below the dial is an attached piece of round green plastic; the left side has four plugin sites (for attachments now missing); the right side has two metal hooks attached to it (use?); the bottom has two electric cords leading out of it; one cord has an electric plug at the end; the other cord has a foot pedal at the end; electric desiccator.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Dr. F. W. Danby.
Maker
The Birtcher Corporation
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
plastic: black; green
metal: black; silver; yellow
Inscriptions
Box top reads, "HYFRECATOR // BIRTCHER"; the pedal reads, "BIRTCHER"; the base of the hyfrecator has a label which reads, "Birtcher // HYFRECATOR // REG US PAT OFFICE // MODEL X-712 // Serial HC97B1189 // 110/120 VOLTS 12 AMPERES 50/60 CYCLES // MFD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION LOS ANGELES 32 // US PATENT NO D114.628"; instructions for safely operating the hyfrecator follow
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 13.0 cm. x Width: 19.8 cm. x Depth: 8.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
The hyfrecator shows no cracks, breaks or excessive wear in the plastic or metal; there appear to be some pieces of the machine missing
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
See #1 in artifact listing provided by Dr. Danby (attached); "Hospitals and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," The J.F. Hartz Co., Toronto, 1960, p. 92
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
Early model hyfrecator used for electrodesiccation of skin tumours and warts; Birtcher Model X-712
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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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electrosurgical set

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Dates
1960
circa 1960
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
004029017 a-m
Description
An electro-surgical set in a box; consists of a black cord (a) with a tube for attaching the tools at one end; the wire separates near the other end and has two attachers for hooking it up to the power supply (hyfrecator); there is a cervical tip (b) which is a long slender rod with two metal rods …
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Accession Number
004029017 a-m
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
An electro-surgical set in a box; consists of a black cord (a) with a tube for attaching the tools at one end; the wire separates near the other end and has two attachers for hooking it up to the power supply (hyfrecator); there is a cervical tip (b) which is a long slender rod with two metal rods extending from one end and two short rods at the other to connect it to the cord; it is unused and still has a sheath over the active end; there is a general utility and tonsil tip (c) which is similar to "b" only with two short angled points at the end; there are two desiccation needles (d-e) which have plastic handles with a sharp point at one end, and a rod at the other for attaching to a power source, one of the needles is in a blue cardboard sleeve (f) in an envelope (g); there is also an angulated blade electrode (h) which is similar to "d" and "e" only with a shorter handle and an angeled point; there is also a white metal mounting bracket (i) for attaching a hyfrecator to the wall in an envelope (j); there is an instruction sheet (k); the box is rectangular and has a brown bottom (l), and a white top (m).
Number Of Parts
13
Part Names
a - cord - Size: Length 190.0 cm x Diam. 2.0 cm
b - cervical tip - Size: Length 20.6 cm x Diam. 0.9 cm
c - general utility tip - Size: Length 21.0 cm x Diam. 0.9 cm
d - desiccation needle - Size: Length 11.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
e - desiccation needle - Size: Length 11.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
f - sleeve - Size: Length 12.6 cm x Width 6.3 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
g - envelope - Size: Length 13.4 cm x Width 7.3 cm
h - angulated blade electrode - Size: Length 6.0 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
i - bracket - Size: Length 11.4 cm x Width 3.8 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
j - envelope - Size: Length 13.4 cm x Width 7.3 cm
k - instruction sheet - Size: Length 21.7 cm x Width 14.0 cm
l - box base - Size: Length 23.5 cm x Width 7.2 cm x Depth 4.0 cm
m - box top - Size: Length 23.8 cm x Width 7.7 cm x Depth 3.7 cm
Provenance
From KGH.
Maker
The Birtcher Corporation
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1960
circa 1960
Date Remarks
Based on date of hyfrecators.
Material
rubber: black
plastic: black
metal: silver, white
paper: yellow, white
cardboard: blue, brown, white
Inscriptions
"BIRCHER // ELECTRO-SURGICAL SET" printed on the top of the box; "ELECTRO-SURGICAL SET // the BIRCHER // CORPORATION // LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA";
"INSTRUCTIONS // For Using the No. 789 Birtcher // BI-ACTIVE ELECTROCOAGULATION ELECTRODES" printed at the top of the instruction sheet
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Condition Remarks
The box and paper have some damage.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Hospital and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," J.F. Hartz Co. Ltd., Toronto, 1960, pp. 92-93 (see attached photocopies); CD #6.
Research Facts
For use with a Birtcher hyfrecator.
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galvano-cautery burner

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001396
Description
Galvano-cautery burner, which consists of two solid, heavy cylindrical wires held together with wound black thread; the wires stick out at both ends; the tip ends bend outwards at 45° angles, then are straight with flat, curved ends; the other ends taper and join together to end with a small solid …
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Accession Number
997001396
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Electrosurgery -- instrumentation
Description
Galvano-cautery burner, which consists of two solid, heavy cylindrical wires held together with wound black thread; the wires stick out at both ends; the tip ends bend outwards at 45° angles, then are straight with flat, curved ends; the other ends taper and join together to end with a small solid round ball.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. F.X. O'Connor; donated by Miss Helen Cobb; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Material
metal: silver
fabric: black
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D6-9
Dimension Notes
Length 13.5 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 1.6 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear only; no corrosion is visible; the thread covering is complete and undamaged.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #714; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Catalogue of Operation Tables - Sterilizers - Hospital Furniture - Surgical Instruments - Appliances - Ligatures & Sutures," by Allen & Hanburys Ltd., 1957, pp. 578–579 (very similar to item #48214 C) (see attached photocopy); came in an envelope with other instruments 997.001.393-.395, .397-.398; CD #5
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galvano-cautery interrupting handle and straight nasal electrode

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4638
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011020 a-b
Description
The galvanocautery handle (a) consists of a thick, flat octagonal handle made of two joined pieces of dark wood; two wires joined by black rubber coating and protected by yellow rubber exit through a round hole at one end of the handle; wood pieces are held together by two round slotted screws; a r…
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Accession Number
994011020 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Description
The galvanocautery handle (a) consists of a thick, flat octagonal handle made of two joined pieces of dark wood; two wires joined by black rubber coating and protected by yellow rubber exit through a round hole at one end of the handle; wood pieces are held together by two round slotted screws; a round metal joint joined with a nut and bolt extends from the other end; two cylindrical hollow rods extend from this joint, connected by two oblong flat wooden disks; these hollow rods accomodate (b), a straight nasal electrode; a flat, thin metal arm attached by two slotted screws to the handle and ending with a thick round wooden disk with a hole in the middle, and a curving metal hook, operated by another thin, metal arm attached to the side of the handle with a slotted screw, acts as an on/off switch; the nasal electrode attaches to the handle with two solid, thin, cylindrical connecting rods; a solid wooden cylinder with a rounded top and bottom join these rods; after this connection point, the distance between the rods narrows, and they are joined by a flat, wooden oval disk; the rods continue in a straight path, and terminate at two tapering rods that join at the end to form a rounded tip.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - handle - Size: Length 25.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 5.7 cm
b - nasal electrode - Size: Length 13.7 cm x Width 1.8 cm x Depth 1.0 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.
Maker
Comprex Oscillator Corp.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to item in 1890s catalogue; identified by Dr. Williams
Material
metal: silver
wood: dark brown
rubber: yellow; black
Inscriptions
"COMPREX OSCILLATOR CORP. NEW YORK" stamped into the metal arm attached to the wooden handle.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Condition Remarks
The two electric wires on the handle were coated with a yellow rubber; when the instrument was mounted originally, the wires were forced through holes in the mounting board and tied to secure the artifact; upon careful removal of the artifact from the board, the yellow rubber disintegrated where the wires had been tied; 2 cm of this yellow rubber remains coating one wire; 0.5 cm remains on the other; the black rubber coating binding both wires appears very soft and brittle; the metal on the object shows slight signs of wear; the plating is slightly worn; the exposed wires are bent and a black discolouration (from the deteriorating rubber?) can be found in small patches; the ends are frayed and covered with orange corrosion; #2: rubber is cracked; metal tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "An Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189–, p. 104 (similar to item #1068) and p. 105 (similar to item # 1074); (see attached photocopies); CD #4.
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as "galvanocautery 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.
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