2005.21.1: Metabulator, 1945-1950

Additional Images

2005.21.1: Metabulator. Model 10 metabulator
Image No. 3770 Model 10 metabulator; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Mahogany cased metabulator, model 10, volts 115, cycles 60, amps 0.5. with an inbuilt recording compartment with paper roll to print paper chart, a barometer and thermometer dial, a carbon dioxide absorption chamber filled with soda lime granules and an oxygen gas cylinder [B.P. Oxygen]. Serial number 4283. A drawer facing towards the front contains a metabulator scale set [used in-conjunction with a oxygen per min. & vital cap. scale]' a BMR calculator and three mouth pieces. An engraved metal plaque attached to the metabulator reads 'MADE FOR DRS. WHITE, PARMLEY & WHITE BY SANBORN COMPANY CAMBRIDGE MASS. U.S.A.'. This is a medical device that measures oxygen consumption in order to determine Basal Metabolic Rate [BMR].

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2005.21.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: 1945-1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 64.5 cm
  • Height: 80 cm
  • Width: 33 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Metabulator
  • b) Power cord
  • c) Metabulator scale
  • d) BMR calculator
  • e) Scale - oxygen per min. & vital cap
  • f) Mouth piece
  • g) Mouth piece
  • h) Mouth piece
  • i) Spanner/handle
  • j) Jar holder
  • k) Hook attachment
  • l) Foam pad
  • m) Foam pad
  • n) Rubber tube

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • mahogany,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • printing ink,
  • rubber,
  • soda lime,
  • steel,
  • varnish

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Sanborn Company
  • Owner: Dr. Reginald Brant White
  • History of Use: Used to determine metabolic rate before era of thyroid function tests.