Ureometer, and various urinary test tablets, United States, 1886-1929

Made:
1886-1929 in United States

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Urine test kit, containing various urinary test tablets, in red leather case, by Parke Davis and Co.

The amount of urea in urine was detected and measured by a simple chemical test. Urea was identified in the 1800s as a breakdown product of the proteins in the body. Pharmaceutical companies such as Parke-Davis and Company, who made this example, soon manufactured small portable test kits for doctors to use at the patient’s bedside. Tests for levels of urea indicate to physicians how well a person’s kidneys work. Waste products cannot be removed from the blood when a person’s kidneys fail. This causes illness. The ureometer comes in a red leather case with various urinary test tablets. These include potassium, lead oxide and citric acid.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A69618
Materials:
case, fabric, red, case, leather, tubes, cork and tubes, glass
Measurements:
overall (rolled): 70 mm x 30 mm, .1kg
overall (open, lying flat): 30 mm x 237 mm x 262 mm, .079 kg
overall (closed, lying flat): 30 mm x 93 mm x 100 mm, 0.079 kg
overall (unrolled): 220 mm x 230 mm
type:
ureometer
credit:
Wilder, C.G.

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