Sphygmomanometer - Short & Mason & Tycos, circa 1890. Used in the surgery of a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia to measure patient's blood pressure.

Physical Description

Sphygmomanometer is for measuring blood pressure. It has a mauve cotton, wrap-around armband 121cm long tapering to a narrow tongue at one end and with a copper wire hook on the side. Inside the wide end is an oblong rubber air bag, just long enough to reach around the patient's arm, into which lead two short rubber tubes. One is connected by a waisted brass connecting pipe with button shaped screw tap on the side, to an egg-shaped india-rubber bellows with a metal valve in the top.The other tube has broken off (did connect). The instrument is contained in a plywood case, covered with black and lined with brown leather.


Example of medical diagnostic equipment use in psychiatric hospitals in Victoria Australia

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