Clinical thermometer

Made:
1851-1900 in Europe

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Clinical self registering Fahrenheit thermometer, English(?), with case, 1851-1900

A normal body temperature is 98.4°F (37°C). It is taken from either the mouth or the rectum. This glass thermometer is gradated in degrees Fahrenheit. Rises in body temperature can indicate fever. Doctors began constructing fever charts in the early 1900s. These recorded the temperature patterns of specific illnesses. The thermometer became an important diagnostic tool. This thermometer has its own rosewood carry case.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A608143
Materials:
cap, metal, case, rosewood, mercury and thermometer, glass
Measurements:
thermometer: 248 mm 8 mm,
type:
thermometer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
credit:
Weber, P.