Haldane haemoglobinometer with case, England, 1944-1960

1944-1960 in England
Hawksley and Sons Limited

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Haldane haemoglobinometer. Graduated grey background.
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Haldane haemoglobinometer with case and instruction leaflet

A haemoglobinometer is used to measure the level of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin is the part of the blood responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. It is essential for a healthy diet. In the 1940s, the haemoglobin or iron content of the blood was used to estimate levels of malnutrition. This example was used by the Department of Health and Social Security, a British government department. A sample of the blood was taken, chemically treated and then compared to a colour index.


Laboratory Medicine
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glass, leather, metal (unknown), rubber, velvet, wood (unidentified)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
Department of Health & Social Security

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