Leighton Test Tube


A Leighton tube is a glass test tube with an optically flat area. The form is associated with Joseph Leighton (1921-1999), a physician with an MD from the Long Island College Medicine who conducted research at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, and taught pathology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Ref: “Cancer Develops in Human Tissue First Time in Bethesda Laboratory,” Washington Post (March 23, 1956), p. 1.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of the DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Museum of Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0071.21Catalog Number: 1991.0071.21Accession Number: 1991.0071

Object Name: Leighton Test Tube

Physical Description: glass (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 10.2 cm x 1.5 cm; x 4 in x 9/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-8f09-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1112003

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