Medical Museum: Breast Pump from 1840

Medical Museum: Breast Pump from 1840

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | July 30, 2016
From the July 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

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 featured inventions have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

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

Category: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Estimated Date: 1840
Name: Breast Pump
Manufacturer: Reay and Robinson
Description: 5”×4.5”×3” mahogany box with red velvet lining. Contains a brass pump with escutcheon and manufacturer’s name. The pump is valved with an outlet for air and screw thread to attach the pump to the evacuation glass.

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