Hypodermic Syringe

Hypodermic Syringe

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Herbert Busher, a physician in St Paul, Mn., designed a hypodermic syringe suitable for the self-administration of insulin. This example was made by Becton-Dickinson in New Jersey. Inscriptions read “DR. BUSHER’S AUTOMATIC” and “B-D” and “PATENTED / 2047010”.
Ref: Herbert H. Busher, “Hypodermic Syringe,” U.S. Patent 1,845,036 (Feb. 16, 1932).
Herbert Busher, “Automatic Hypodermic Syringe for Self Administration of Insulin and Other Uses,” Journal of the American Medical Association 102 (1934): 1152.
Herbert Busher, “Automatic Hypodermic Injector,” Science 81 (1935): 256.
Farleigh S. Dickinson, “Automatic Syringe Injector,” U.S. Patent 2,047,010 (Jan. 30, 1935).
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date made
ca. 1936-1954
patent date
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Physical Description
glass (plunger material)
glass (barrel material)
glass (tip, force material)
metal, steel (needle injector, automatic material)
overall: 3 7/8 in x 2.1 cm; x 9.8425 cm x 13/16 in
overall: 1 in x 4 in x 1 in; 2.54 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.54 cm
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Becton, Dickinson and Company
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