"A safe and practical method .... of tapping the bladder"
The Dieulafoy aspirator was invented by Georges Dieulafoy (1839 - 1911), a French physician and pathologist, in 1869.
In his 1921 address as the first President of the Section of Urology at the Royal Society of Medicine, Sir Peter Freyer said that:
“the introduction of Dieulafoy's aspirator, which is still in vogue, and affords a safe and practical method of giving temporary relief, by tapping the bladder suprapubically led to the end of the dangerous practice of trocar bladder drainage. "
Read the full text of Freyer's address in the Library.
The example pictured, above right, is from the Cambridge Instrument Collection.
Pictured below right is a Dieulafoy Aspirator in the 1903 Down Bros Catalogue, which includes all the aspiration needles and tubing required.
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