A couple of friends who know about my interest in the history of disease recently gave me a historical syringe as a gift. They bought it in a flea marked, so unfortunately I don’t have any information about its provenance. Ion Meyer (conservator and head of collections here at the Medical Museion) suggests, with some help from catalogues of medical equipment, that it might have been made in 1940’s or 1950’s, but unfortunately we could not get any closer.

And this is where you, dear reader, might be of assistance:

  • Where and when is it from?
  • How common was this particular type of syringe?
  • When did it go out of style?

The syringe is marked JS and is easily dismantled as seen below.

This quiz will continue until January 31. There will be a small prize (a guided tour of Medical Museion by yours truly) to the person that can give me the most detailed story about the syringe. The winner will be elected by a judging panel assembled for the occasion and announced on 1 February. Good luck!

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