“Black enameled metal cart with single drawer which holds small accessories. Metabolor is tan enameled metal with chrome accents. Display dial on back. The left side has an oxygen fill line and knob; the front has a canister, stainless steel hose bracketed to torn black rubber hoses; gauges; and recording area with paper.”
“Medical Device Metabulator, 1954 Manufactured by: Sanborn Company, USA, device used to measure how much oxygen a patient consumed while breathing, mahogany case on rolls, height 32 1/3 in., with accessories. “
“A Sanborn Metabulator, model 10, serial number 1845, volts 115, cycles 60, amps 0.5 with an inbuilt recording compartment with paper roll to print paper chart, a barometer and thermometer dial, a carbon dioxide absorption chamber filled with soda lime granules and an oxygen gas cylinder B.P. Oxygen. The metabulator is on casters making it easily portable, with a protective hood cover. A right-hand side door opens to reveal the oxygen tank and a storage area which contains a scoop tool, a jar holder and a lever tool. An engraved metal plaque attached to the metabulator reads MADE FOR S. KATHLEEN GRAHAM M.D. BY SANBORN COMPANY CAMBRIDGE. MASS. U.S.A.”
“Mahogany Cased Metabulator by Sanborn Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1950, recording compartment with paper roll, barometer and thermometer dial, carbon dioxide absorption chamber and oxygen tank, metal plaque stating Made for George Danis, MD by Sanborn Company, Cambridge, Mass., USA, all in a mahogany cabinet with draw on wheels and instruction manual, ht. 41 in. “
From “Methods in pulmonary physiology”, by Bertels H, Bucherl E, Hertz CW, Rodewald G, Schwab M. Translated by Workman JM. Hafner Publishing Co., 1963, page 30. Undated, but probably from the mid-1930’s.
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