Aspiration syringe kit

Arnold & Sons (estab. Circa 1866, closed Circa 1928)
Syringe with three trocars and one screw fitting, in fitted in case with green silk lining. Use of the aspiration syringe would have been an invasive and dangerous procedure performed on a seriously ill patient suffering from an infection. With its long needle (trocar) the syringe was used to drain from within the abdominal or thoracic cavities a deep-seated abscess, pleural effusion or mass of infected matter collecting from a wound.

This kit was part of the contents of Dr. James Jamieson's medical bag. Jamieson practised in Warrnambool and Melbourne, later lecturing in Obstetrics at Melbourne University. He became President of the Medical Society of Victoria in 1886.
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Object detail

steel alloy, glass, rubber, wood, leather, silk, brass, gilt
11.9 x 4.0 cm (syringe)
9.0 cm (trocar length)
2.0 x 13.2 x 6.0 cm (case)
Accession Number
maker's mark ▫ stamped in gilt inside lid: 'SMITHFIELD/ARNOLD/& SONS/LONDON' ▫ 0 - Whole
Object Type
Medical History Museum Category


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