995.4.6: Cryocautery Set, 1901-1950

Additional Images

995.4.6: Cryocautery Set.
Image No. 4097 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Cryocautery set in a lidded case consisting of eight nozzle attachments; a measuring cylinder, graduated 1-5 cc; an empty amber coloured bottle with a cork. The case contains a lift-out tray with grips to secure all the parts. Manufacturer's details 'CRYOCAUTÈRE VIGNAT PORGÈS PARIS Bté S.G.D.G. 1451' stamped into the lid surface. Incomplete. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.6
Collection: Dermatology
Date: 1901-1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 22.8 cm
  • Height: 4 cm
  • Width: 16.4 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case base
  • b) Case lid
  • c) Case tray
  • d) Handle
  • e) Nozzle, blunt
  • f) Nozzle, cone, fine point
  • g) Nozzle, cone, blunt point
  • h) Nozzle, cone, blunt point
  • i) Nozzle, cone, pointed
  • j) Nozzle, cone, curved, blunt
  • k) Nozzle, pentagon
  • m) Nozzle, cone, pointed, blunt, curved
  • n) Measuring cylinder
  • p) Bottle with cork

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • copper plate,
  • cork,
  • glass,
  • metal,
  • plating,
  • rubber

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Porgès Laboratories
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Cryo-Cauterization is a procedure that uses very cold temperatures, which cause tissue destruction by freezing, to treat abnormalities on areas of the body such as the skin. Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor [Captain] and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions., After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.