Vernon type percussor, England, 1858-1910

Made:
1858-1910 in England
maker:
Unknown

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Vernon's percussor, English(?), 1801-1900. Full view, graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Vernon's percussor, English(?), 1801-1900

Percussion or tapping the chest to hear sounds was an early technique used to diagnose illness. Percussion was first used by Leopold Auenbrugger (1722-1809) in 1761. It was not widely practised until his Latin work on percussion was translated into French in 1808. Physician Henry Vernon standardised percussors in 1858. His design had a flexible whalebone handle with a metal head enclosed in a rubber ring.

Related people

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A625162
Materials:
brass, leather, whalebone, wood
type:
percussor

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.