B-D Insulin Syringe, Dr. Busher's Automatic Injector

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Currently not on view
date made
after 1932
patent date
Becton, Dickinson and Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Rutherford
Physical Description
glass (plunger material)
glass (barrel material)
glass (tip, force material)
steel (needle material)
steel (injector, automatic needle material)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 9.525 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Credit Line
Gift of Eleanor P. Custis
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I remember my older brother using an injector back in the 1950's to give himself his insulin injections. He was 3 years old (approx. 1951) when they found out he had type 1 diabetes. He is still alive today. Wish he had kept his old equipment.
I am honorary curator of the University of Cape Town Nagin Parbhoo History of Anaesthesia Museum and whilst going through a box of intravenous and lumbar puncture needles came across a specimen of Dr Busher's automatic insulin injector. Tomorrow I will try and find a compatible syringe and see how it functions.
I saved the Busher Automatic Injector No. 40 and the one 1cc glass lure tip Insulin Syringe reorder No. 2024.by B-D which my mother used on me because I have type 1 diabetes. Both of these tools are still in the original boxes! TYpe 1 diabetic since 1960.
"One of these items, Dr. Busher's automatic insulin injector, belongs to my family from a treasure trove trunk from Grandfather (Gmother had diabetes).She died in 1944 of diabetes complications.The apparatus has two new needles to accompany it but no box. Is there a way to buy the glass barrel, which seems to be missing from ours? Gail"

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