Record-type hypodermic syringe, London, England, 1930-1960

Made:
1930-1960
maker:
A L Hawkins and Company Limited

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Hypodermic syringe (A500653/1) together with bottle of diptheria vaccine (A629753/1). Top three quarter view. Light
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Hypodermic syringe, Record type, by Hawkins, London (A500633/1), together with bottle of diphtheria vaccine
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hypodermic syringe, Record-type, glass and nickel-plated brass, cased, by A L Hawkins and Company Limited, London, 1930-1960. (Case not seen.)

Hypodermic needles came into common use in the second half of the 1800s. They were invented by Scottish doctor Alexander Wood in 1853 – although French surgeon Charles Pravaz was independently developing a similar device at the same time.

Hypodermic needles like these are hollow so drugs or vaccines can be injected directly into the body. This particular example has a glass barrel with a scale printed on to the outside to measure how much was being given to the patient. It is shown here with a bottle of diphtheria vaccine (A629753/1).

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Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A500633/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass and nickel plated
type:
hypodermic syringe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • drug delivery device
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • drug delivery device

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