Three tuberculin syringes in glass tubes, Europe, 1950-1990

1950-1990 in Europe
Everett Medical

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x4 Tuberculin all-glass syringes. Three photographed, red perspex background.
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x4 Tuberculin all-glass syringes

Stored in glass tubes to keep the needles germ free and protect handlers from the sharp points, these syringes would be used to inject tuberculin into the skin. Tuberculin is used to see whether a person has been exposed to or has immunity to tuberculosis. This particular tuberculin test is known as the Mantoux test – named after its originator, Charles Mantoux (1877-1947), a French physician.

If after four to seven days the skin shows no reaction, the patient is at risk of contracting the disease and needs to be vaccinated with the BCG vaccine.


Public Health & Hygiene
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glass and metal
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences

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