Medical Museum: May - Women's Health

Medical Museum: May - Women's Health

May 10, 2011
From the May 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The following picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his medical historic website: www.mohma.org.

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox's Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in the doctor offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Category: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Estimated Date: 1854
Name: Waters Patent Breast Pump
Manufacturer: E. Waters

Description: Pat Aug 29, 1854 5“x 2.70” with bottom half a typical glass breast pump but top half is a cylinder with brass ( gilded ) plates at either end connected with a fabric, all nicely decorated. The fabric encloses a spring mechanism so it can be compressed and then resumes the open position. Patent date and model inscribed on top plate. This top half is the pump, which can be compressed to create a vacuum to activate the breast pump. The reasons for manual evacuation of the breast are numerous and this practice dates back to very early times. The methods used have become increasingly sophisticated.

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