Lot 6: 20C Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus Medical Device
November 13, 2016
Lantana, FL, USALive Auction
Description: Vintage early 20th century Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus antique medical device by J. Sklar Manufacturing Co., in a handled walnut wood carrying case. The Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus was patented in 1933 by Louis R. Davidson, a tuberculosis specialist. It was used to treat tuberculosis by causing an artificial pneumothorax (collapsing the lung by directly introducing air in the chest cavity). This treatment, originally developed in the 1890s by Carlos Forlanini, was thought to heal the lung quickly by allowing the lung to rest. This modified version which replaced Forlaninis device and became a well-known instrument, was used to treat tuberculosis until the BCG vaccine became popular in the mid 1940s. Very good condition. Carrying case measures 8.5" x 4" x 18.5".