Shepard drain tube


A tympanostomy tube is used to counteract the symptoms of Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear. This example is a Shepard drain tube, perhaps named for Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the astronaut who had a tube inserted in 1971. Edward W. Stevenson, Jr., the donor, was an otolaryngologist in Birmingham, Al. He probably purchased it from Richards Manufacturing Co., in Memphis.

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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Edward W. Stevenson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.0007.01Accession Number: 2011.0007Catalog Number: 2011.0007.01

Object Name: ear tubeotological equipmentear, implantprosthesis

Physical Description: plastic (packaging material)paper (packaging material)teflon (part material)Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 4 in x 5 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm x 14.605 cmpackaging: 5 11/16 in x 4 in x 5/16 in; 14.44625 cm x 10.16 cm x .79375 cmpart: 2 3/8 in x 2 in x 5/16 in; 6.0325 cm x 5.08 cm x .79375 cm


Record Id: nmah_1397476

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