Prototype logoscope, an aid to differential diagnosis in ‘slide rule’ form, about 1953

Made:
c.1953 in England
maker:
Firmin Nash

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Prototype logoscope in wooden box, an aid to differential diagnosis in 'slide-rule' form, developed by Dr Firmin Nash, England, c.1953

The logoscope was designed by Dr Firmin Nash in the age before the personal computer. It was an attempt to provide GPs with a diagnostic tool that would provide a broad, but accurate, list of possibilities for them to consider along with those arising from their own diagnostic skills. Devices such as this that ‘mechanise’ diagnosis have not usually caught on. As a museum object it is a fascinating symbol of the tension between the art and the science of medicine. It also acts as an interesting precursor to the computer diagnosis aids of the present day.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
2004-248
Materials:
metal, plastic and wood
Measurements:
Case: 590 x 115 x 40 mm
type:
logoscope and logoscope and
credit:
Trueman, Angela

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