Stomach Pump

Stomach Pump

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Description (Brief)
The practice of lavage was popular in the late nineteenth century. Stomach and enema pumps were used to wash out the stomach as well as for the administration of medicinals for every imaginable type of ailment from gastritis to consumption to cancer. Sometimes plain water was used; often various medicinals were added such as bicarbonate of soda, carbolic acid, or tincture of myrrh.
This instrument was made by Vanwyck W. Brinckerhoff of New York who was active from 1856 to 1869. The case is made of mahogany, and has a brass lock and sliding closure. The brass escutcheon on the lid is engraved "U.S.A. HOSPT DEPT". The interior of the case is lined with red velvet. The brass pump has a wooden handle, three ivory and brass nozzles, two tubes and a wooden mouth gag.
This set is similar to one illustrated in the 1889 edition of the George Tiemann & Co., surgical catalogue American Armamentarium Chirurgicum on page 293.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
stomach pump
Other Terms
Medicine
date made
1861-1865
maker
Brinckerhoff, V. W.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (pump material)
rubber (accessories material)
wood (accessories material)
fiber (accessories material)
ivory/bone (accessories material)
fabric (case material)
metal (case material)
wood (case material)
metal (accessories material)
metal (key material)
metal (pump material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 11 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in; 7.62 cm x 29.845 cm x 16.1925 cm
ID Number
MG.M-07432
catalog number
M-07432
accession number
220170
Credit Line
College of Physicians of Philadelphia. College Collections
subject
Medicine
Civil War
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Civil War Surgical Sets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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