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Antique H.Reiner Boxed Syringe Set


Offered for sale is an antique boxed set of surgical syringes made by H. Reiner, Wien (Vienna. Austria) in the original fitted presentation boxed set measuring 6 1/4" x 3 1/4' consisting of a glass syringe and four hypodermic needles, signed "S.G." and is probably circa 1880s.

Everything we are selling is from the estate of a prominent surgeon who lived in the Philadelphia area during the 1880s. Most of the items need cleaning and polishing. You get everything in the picture.

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The History Of Syringes: The word syringe comes from the Greek "syrinx", which means "tube" and originally a tube was exactly what was used. They had to make a cut in the body in the place where they wished to administer the medication and put the tube end through that.

Fortunately for us in 1844 an Irish physician, Francis Rynd invented the hollow needle.

Then simultaneously, though independently, two physicians developed the first practical hypodermic syringes in 1853, which put together a metal syringe and the hollow pointed needle that could penetrate the skin without the need to cut an opening.

The two inventors were the Scottish physician Alexander Wood and the French physician Charles Pravaz.

Technology to inject drugs into the body is a recent development. Hypodermic syringes (hypodermic means ‘beneath the skin’) consist of a hollow needle attached to a syringe. They pierce the skin and inject substances into the bloodstream. They are also used to extract liquid such as blood from the body.

In the 1850s the French veterinary surgeon Charles Gabriel Pravaz and the Scottish doctor Alexander Wood developed a syringe. It had a hollow needle fine enough to pierce the skin. Syringe barrels were initially made of metal, but by 1866 they were made from glass (the needles remained metal). This enabled doctors to see what medication remained in the barrel.

By the late 1800s hypodermic syringes were widely available, though there were few injectable drugs (less than 2% of drugs in 1905). Insulin was discovered in 1921. This drug had to be injected into the bloodstream, so it created a new market for manufacturers of hypodermic needles and drugs.

Hypodermic needles were sterilised and reused until the development of disposable syringes. In 1956 the New Zealand pharmacist Colin Murdoch invented the disposable plastic syringe. Using disposable syringes can prevent diseases such as AIDS being spread through reuse of syringes.

Hypodermic syringes have been associated with drug addiction since their invention. Alexander Wood and his wife became addicted to injected morphine after Wood experimented with the pain-relief drug to treat neuralgia, a pain perception disorder. Wood’s wife was the first woman to die of an injected drug overdose.

Pravas's syringe had a piston which was driven by a screw so he could administer exact dosages.

Wood used his to inject morphine as a painkiller for neuralgic pains while Pravaz used his for the treatment of aneurysms.

Following these original inventions came a plethora of syringes, some made of metal combined with glass and some of glass alone (such as that developed by Wulfing Luer of France and made by Becton Dickinson (BD) in 1989).

These were calibrated in assorted ways and with detachable needles.

None were disposable and all had to be sterilised by boiling on a daily basis, soaked in alcohol between uses and the needles sharpened periodically with a whetstone.

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This product would make a wonderful addition to any scientific instrument collection when displayed in a prominent place, being a grand collectible item that would adorn any serious collector's prized scientific instrument accumulations, while showing a discriminating dedication for fine antiques and other scientific instrument items as well as a devotion to acquiring fine collectibles.

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