Algesimeter, Germany, 1875-1900

1875-1900 in Berlin

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Aly's algesimeter, in case, by Medicinisches Warenhaus, German

The retractable needle in this instrument tests very fine sensitivity to pain or touch. The needle is inserted into the skin until a specific pain response is given. Measuring pain is controversial because pain thresholds vary from person to person. Some assessments take into account pain intensity. Others look at the long-term impact on the person’s life. Pain may be measured to test pain-relieving drugs. This may be as part of a medical assessment or as part of psychological testing. The instrument is sometimes called an algometer. It was made in Germany by instrument maker Medicinisches Warenhaus.


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case, leather, case, metal, case, silk, case, velvet, case, wood, instrument, camelhair and instrument, steel, chromium plated
overall (case): 15 mm x 145 mm x 30 mm, .04kg
overall (instrument): 160 mm 8 mm,
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  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument

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