Lot 6: 20C Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus Medical Device

MG Neely Auction

November 13, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Lantana, FL, US
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Description: Vintage early 20th century Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus antique medical device by J. Sklar Manufacturing Co., in a handled walnut wood carrying case. The Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus was patented in 1933 by Louis R. Davidson, a tuberculosis specialist. It was used to treat tuberculosis by causing an artificial pneumothorax (collapsing the lung by directly introducing air in the chest cavity). This treatment, originally developed in the 1890’s by Carlos Forlanini, was thought to heal the lung quickly by allowing the lung to rest. This modified version which replaced Forlanini’s device and became a well-known instrument, was used to treat tuberculosis until the BCG vaccine became popular in the mid 1940’s. Very good condition. Carrying case measures 8.5" x 4" x 18.5".
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