Marey type sphygmograph, Paris, France, 1860-1904

Made:
1860-1904 in Paris
maker:
Charles Verdin

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Transmission type Marey sphygmograph (with tambour) by Verdin, may have belonged to Marey, belonged to Lauder Brunton, French, 1860-1904

French physiologist Étienne-Jules Marey developed this sphygmograph. Marey improved the basic sphygmograph invented by German physiologist Karl Vierordt (1818-84) in 1855 by making it portable. It is thought this instrument may have belonged to Marey himself. A sphygmograph records the pulse. It is placed on the wrist. The movement of the pulse is transmitted through the rubber diaphragm. A lever attached to the diaphragm records the pulse contraction on smoked paper.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A600282
Materials:
brass, fabric, ivory, rubber and steel
type:
sphygmograph
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Brunton, L.