Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Donation to get the heart aflutterin'

For this week's visit, Charles Grossman brought us a working Sanborn Viso-Cardiette electrocardiograph (EKG) machine. This example of Model 51 (serial no. 3413) is a few iterations away from Sanborn's first portable EKG (you can see an early model here at the Sheffield Museum of Anaesthesia), and came with a power cord rather than a battery. Dr. Grossman's machine has a metal nameplate ("Made for Charles M. Grossman, M.D.") and a cloth cover to protect the wooden case. The electrocardiogram is recorded on paper--far inferior, to Dr. Grossman's mind, than the photographic paper used in an earlier machine he trained on as an intern in New Haven.

And yep, this one still works.


Little Black Car said...

Ours no longer has its canvas cover.

John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston

Jorge LondoƱo said...

Somebody knows where can I find the intruction or user manual of the ECG Sanborn Viso Cardiette model 51
Please contact mailto:jlondo01@une.net.co