"Body box" plethysmograph, 1960-1980

Subject

J. H. Emerson Company
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health
Lung
Plethysmography
Respiration

Abstract

Experimental human body plethysmograph. Machine was used to measure lung capacity. A person would sit inside the box with his head in the glass dome on top and breathe into the tube on front of dome. Machine is wooden and "L" shaped, designed to fit around a seated human, and latches closed. A spirometer would have rested on wooden edge. Two thermometers affixed to front measured interior and exterior temperatures. Tubing, gauge, and motor are affixed to right side. Rear of machine has attached wires and area marked "Sears-port".

Creator

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health
J. H. Emerson Company

Date Created

1960-1980, between

Rights

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Is Part Of

Warren Anatomical Museum: 21595

Format

object

Extent

1 plethysmograph

Medium

Medical Equipment

Type

physical object

Identifier

Warren Anatomical Museum Catalog Number: 21595

Provenance

This experimental human body plethysmograph was created between 1960 and 1980 at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and was used to measure lung volume and breathing rate in humans. The machine was donated to the Warren Anatomical Museum by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health in 2015.

Original Format

Plethysmograph

Physical Dimensions

83 D x 59 W x 152 H cm

Files

Citation

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health and J. H. Emerson Company, “"Body box" plethysmograph, 1960-1980,” Center for the History of Medicine: OnView, accessed January 20, 2018, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/17743.

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