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The Lowne spirometer from 1904 retailed at four pounds and fifteen shillings (around £371) and was kept in a heavy, mahogany, felt-lined box that further indicated its expense and rarity.


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A wooden box lined with green fabric. Inside are two round devices. One is black with four holes at the top. One is white and brown with a meter at the top. 

Mr Morison’s instruments for persons who have lost their hands.


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a pen and ink drawing of prosthetic arms and hands that are hooks 

A selection of appliances from Mr George Thomson’s ‘Mechanical Substitute for The Arms’, used by an amputee who had lost both his arms at the shoulders. The tools clipped to a mechanical arm, which was then attached to an ordinary dinning table.


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wooden and metal tools that can be clipped to a mechanic arm for amputees 

Artificial left arm with shoulder straps. Made with leather and aluminium by W. R. Grossmith.


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A prosthetic arm made of wood, aluminum and leather laying on table. 

A diagram of J. Hutchinson’s spirometer.


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A pen and ink sketch of a spirometer. 

Medico-chirurgical transactions. Table of the Mean Vital Capacity of 15 different Classes, or 1923 Cases considered as healthy.


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A printed table that lists occupations in 1923 and their mean vital capacity. 

Shaped like a pair of tiny hummingbirds these silver hearing aids were worn perched inside the ear canal to improve the hearing for people who were partially deaf. They were invented by D. F. Brune and V. A. Sedeyn of Belgium in 1933. They were patented in England in 1935. maker: Naturton Company Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.


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A small leather and fabric box containing two metal hearing aids shaped similarly to hummingbirds. 

Vintage Zenith Model A3A 3-Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid, Circa 1944.


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A black and white advertisement for a Zenith Model hearing aid. 

Double spoon-bowl obstetric speculum.


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A black and white photo of a metal tool similar to a clap and pliers. 

Sims Rectal Speculum.


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An ink sketch of a rectal speculum. 

A 19th century stethoscope with a bell-shaped end and a flexable tubing for both ears. Made by Scott Alison.


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Photograph of a 19th century stethoscope with a bell-shaped end.