Asepto Syringe

Asepto Syringe

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Description
The Asepto was advertised as a plungerless all-glass syringe with a closely fitting rubber bulb of exactly the same capacity as the barrel of the syringe, so that the syringe is filled or emptied with one compression of the bulb. The bulb slips into, not over, the barrel of the syringe, making sterilization easier. And the form prevented "fluid from entering the bulb when the syringe was inverted.” The inscription on this example reads "ASEPTO NO 3035 / Becton Dickins & Co."
The form was devised by Oscar O. R. Schwidetzky (1875-1963), a German-born instrument maker who served an apprenticeship before emigrating to the United States. In time, Schwidetzky became director of research at Becton, Dickinson & Co.
Ref: Oscar O. R. Schwidetzky, “Syringe,” U.S. Patent 1,349,474 (Aug. 10, 1920), assigned to Becton, Dickinson & Co.
Arthur H. Thomas, Laboratory Apparatus and Reagents (Philadelphia, 1921), p. 569.
Becton, Dickinson ad for Asepto Syringes in American Journal of the Medical Sciences 166 (Sept. 1923): 36.
“Oscar O. R. Schwidetzky Dies; Inventor of Medical Instruments,” New York Times (Oct. 11, 1963), p. 36.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
syringe
Other Terms
Non-Hypodermic
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
rubber (bulb material)
Measurements
box:;
4.875
ID Number
1980.0698.190
accession number
1980.0698
catalog number
1980.0698.190
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
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