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Mercury Sphygmomanometer
W.A. Baum Co. Inc – New York
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Description / History:
This mercury blood pressure machine is the Super–sphyg Baumanometer Desk Model. It was made be W.A. Baum Co. Inc. in New York. This machine is in a wooden case with a metal clasp to open. There is green rubber tubing, a green rubber pump, and a blue cloth arm cuff. It has a capacity of 300 millimeters mercury. This blood pressure manometer was used by John L. Atlee Jr. when he started his practice in Lancaster, PA in 1929.
H–2.75 W–4.5 L–14.25 inches
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In 1917, the Baumanometer was developed by William A. Baum, a worker in a large clinic which engaged in pre–employment physical exams. Baum's design was the first of the sphygmomanometers which needed no adjustments or recalibration, and its well–sealed tube prevented oxidation of the mercury used for measurement. Its simplicity and striking accuracy caused it to catch on with physicians across America, and variations of Baum's simple design stand today as some of the most popular blood pressure instruments.
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