Apparatus for producing artificial pneumothorax, Birmingham, England, 1920-1940

Made:
1920-1940 in Birmingham
maker:
Philip Harris & Co. Ltd.
and
Short and Mason Limited

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Apparatus for producing artificial pneumothorax, Heaf's type, by Philip Harris & Co. Ltd, Birmingham.

Artificial pneumothorax is a surgical treatment to collapse the lung by inserting air or nitrogen into the pleural space. This was a treatment for tuberculosis in the lungs, known as pulmonary tuberculosis. The theory behind the treatment was that the lung needed to rest if the organ was to recover. Collapsing the lung gave it this rest. The medical world disagreed as to when was the best time to administer the treatment, if at all. Artificial pneumothorax treatments were replaced by antibiotics in the early 1940s.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A640091 Pt1
Materials:
glass, plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified), steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
pneumothorax apparatus
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment