2006.469.1: Manometer, 1951-1970

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2006.469.1: Manometer.
Image No. 4008 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Fleischer spinal manometer, a pocket size long scale mercurial type manometer in a folding case. Consists of a fluid trap [prevents spinal fluid from entering mercury reservoir] with tubing and Luer adapter; spinal needle with a Luer-Lok hub with a built in three-way stopcock and a fitted stylet with a matched beveled point; mercury tube and reservoir; graduated scale 0-90mm. 'FLEISCHER SPINAL MANOMETER B-D BECTONDICKINSON & CO. RUTHERFORD N.J.' stamped into the inner case surface and 'G.C.' on external surface. Case dimensions given. Incomplete, box, instruction booklet and short tube with adapter are missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.469.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: 1951-1970

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 17.3 cm
  • Height: 3.2 cm
  • Width: 8.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with hinged lid and hook clasp
  • b) Lift out frame with mercury reservoir, mercury tube with stopper, graduated scale, glass fluid trap with tubing and male Luer adapter
  • c) Spinal needle with stopcock
  • d) Needle stylet

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • metal,
  • plastic,
  • plating,
  • rubber,
  • stainless steel,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Becton, Dickinson & Co.
  • Owner: Dr. William Edward French
  • History of Use: The manometer was used to record the spinal fluid pressure. Used by Dr. Bill French [1920-1992] who was a general surgeon at the Burris Clinic, Kamloops British Columbia circa 1952 to 1972. In 1972 he joined the Workers Compensation Board in Vancouver.