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    Glass Syringes & Surgical Scissors

    These are pieces that came out of Dad's work shop. You can see the two smaller syringes have oil and grease in them. Dad repaired Ham radios in the basement and used these to grease contacts with.

    Dad's friend was a surgeon at the nearby Army hospital. he would bring dad leftover supplies and overstock inventory items.

    Not sure how old these are But they've been in the basement for as long as I can remember. I've always been fascinated by the glass syringes and their alternate use. I do have a box of needles somewhere.

    In 1853, a Scottish physician, Alexander Wood (1817-1884) developed a syringe with a needle. He was appointed Secretary of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1850. A French surgeon, Charles Gabriel Pravaz (1791-1853) of Lyon was making a similar syringe which quickly came into use in many surgeries under the name of The Pravaz Syringe. They both independently invented the hypodermic syringe. The very first use of the syringe was for injecting morphine as a painkiller.
    Later, Benjamin A. Rubin invented the vaccination needle. This was a refinement to the conventional syringe needle. From 1949-50, Arthur E. Smith received 8 U.S. patents for a disposable syringe.

    Glass syringes are the most widely used in syringe pump applications. They are available in a variety of sizes including microliter volumes, enabling experiments with extremely small injection volumes. They generally have small volume errors (typically ~1%) and are thus ideal for high precision work. Additionally, glass syringes have a high gas barrier, which is good for oxygen-sensitive applications.

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    1. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      A hemostat (also called a hemostatic clamp, arterial forceps, or pean after Jules-Émile Péan) is a surgical tool used in many surgical procedures to control bleeding.
      I use them regularly to pinch off vacuum hoses or working with gasoline lines on small engines.
    2. lptools, 2 years ago
      Thanks for sharing!!. The syringes make great pinpoint oilers!! So, I'm not the only one that has surgical tools in the toolbox!!!
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      Thanks everyone! It's interesting how all these scissors lock at the handles.
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I have a similar old glass syringe like yours, unfortunately it took a little fall from a bathroom shelf to the sink below and busted its 'bizness' end off. (but I still refuse to throw it away?! <lol>) There's also a couple little boxes of the needles that would have attached to it somewhere around here.

      I too occasionally use (modern, plastic) these for 'pinpoint oiling or gluing' -- a very handy thing to have for that usage.

      Oddly, I've noticed that if one tries to go to a 'drugstore' and ask for syringes, 'ya start to get all kinds of weird looks/requests for ID/etc. etc. -- but if 'ya go to a veterinary supply place instead you can practically get all you want (in a wide range of sizes, up to scary-big!) simply for the asking. (and your credit card, of course)
    5. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      You can see the one in the middle the dad was using has some epoxy on it. It probably broke or leaked at one point.
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      AO, whenever you come across your little box of old hypodermic needles, here’s a test you can do that nurses used to do back in the days before disposable single-use needles.

      Used hypodermic were washed, sterilized and reused. Sometimes needles would get dull or develop a barb on the tip.....but those were not discarded, they were repaired.

      To check for barb, drag the tip of the needle across a cotton ball. If there’s a barb, it will pick up cotton fibers.
      So, having discovered a barb, the nurse would use a fine file to remove the barb/resharpen. If, repeating the test, no barb was found, the needle would then get sterilized with all the others and put back into use.

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