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Medical Museum

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | January 01, 2013
From the January 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his 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 doctors’ 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.

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Estimated Date: 1900
Name: Doctor’s Scale
Manufacturer: W and T Avery
Description: Doctors scale, platform base with tapestry covering. Wooden upright with sliding nickel-plated measuring rod for height. Beam is brass with brass pan on end of beam on three chains. Set of nested weights calibrated in stones, 2, 4, 6, 16. The balance rod is 14 lbs, one stone, and has a 16 oz rod on top in addition. There is a small box on the base of the apparatus to store the weights.

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