Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure apparatus), late 19th century.

Image number: 10289192

Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure apparatus), late 19th century.

The sphygmonanometer measures blood pressure. This example, a type invented by Samuel von Basch, has an aneroid barometer dial showing changes in blood pressure, unlike the modern ones which have a cuff and U tube. To take the maximum blood pressure, it has a pelotte, or bulb which was pressed onto the radial artery in the arm, until the pulse disappeared.

Image number:
10289192
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:47
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Science Museum