2011.1.1: Dilators, Rectal, 1915-1945

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2011.1.1: Dilators, Rectal.
Image No. 3144 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Boxed set containing 2 graduated sizes of rectal dilators size 1 and 3 [originally a set of 4]. Label on inner lid reads 'This Box Contains a Set of Four Dilators-Price $3.75 Per Set in the U.S.-Sold Only in Sets. DR. YOUNG'S IMPROVED RECTAL DILATORS, DIRECTIONS: To be used only by or on the prescription of a physician. NOTICE TO DEALER: Dr. Young's Rectal Dilators may be sold only on prescription. WARNING: Avoid using in case of bleeding since this may indicate a serious condition. Avoid use of excessive force in the introduction of the instrument. Manufactured Expressly for, and Distributed Solely by F. E. YOUNG & CO. Grand Crossing CHICAGO, U.S.A.'. Inner card dilator support, two dilators and instruction leaflet missing. Box dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2011.1.1
Collection: Proctology
Date: 1915-1945

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 15.2 cm
  • Height: 5 cm
  • Width: 10.6 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Box
  • b) Dilator, size 1
  • c) Dilator, size 3

Object Materials

  • Bakelite,
  • cardboard,
  • paper,
  • plasticised textile,
  • printing ink

Acquisition Detail

  • Supplier: Young & Co., F. E.
  • Patent Country: U.S.Patent Number: D21551Patent Date: 1892-05-17
  • Owner: Dr. Edwin Stockdale
  • History of Use: Treatment of piles, constipation, dyspepsia, headache, rheumatism, insomnia, asthma,indigestion, eczema and diseases caused by sluggish circulation, malnutrition, defective elimination and the abuse of cathartic drugs.