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Sahli haemaglobinometer, London, England, 1890-1910

British neurologist William Gowers (1845-1915) invented the haemoglobinometer in 1875. It rapidly tested the amount of haemoglobin in blood by comparing its colour with a reference tube. Haemoglobin is the part of the blood responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. It is essential for a healthy diet. The Sahli haemoglobinometer was devised by Hermann Sahli (1856-1933). It was made by Hawksley and Sons Limited in London. It is still available to buy through the company.

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Glossary: haemoglobinometer

an instrument for determining the concentration of haemoglobin in a sample of blood, which is a measure of its ability to carry oxygen.

Glossary: chemical pathology

The branch of pathology that deals with the basis of diseases and measures substances in body fluids in order to aid diagnoses and treatment.

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