Tine tester to test for exposure to tuberculosis causing bacteria, London, England, 1945-1955

Made:
1945-1955 in London
maker:
Allen & Hanburys Limited

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Tine tester for tuberculin sensitivity, stainless steel, by Allen and Hanburys of London, c. 1950

A tine test is used to see whether a person has already been exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. The six needles were sterilised, dipped into tuberculin, and used to puncture the skin. If a red hard area appears, this indicates that the person has been exposed in the past or present to the bacteria. This suggests they either have the disease, are naturally immune or have acquired immunity to it in some way. Today, a tine gun has four prongs and is disposable for reasons of hygiene.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1986-1450
type:
tine tester
credit:
Horton General Hospital

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