995.4.109: Speculum, Vaginal, 20th Cent.

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995.4.109: Speculum, Vaginal.
Image No. 1409 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

DeVilbiss vaginal speculum, parallel opening, one shorter blade, medium size. Fitted with light bulb [still intact] along shorter blade interior.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.109
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: 20th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 20.5 cm
  • Width: 7 cm
  • Depth: 6.2 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • filament,
  • glass,
  • metal,
  • plating

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Electro Surgical Instrument Company
  • Manufacturer: DeVilbiss Manufacturing Company
  • Patent Country: U.S.Patent Date: 1904-02-09
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions. After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.