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Dieulafoy Aspirator

"A safe and practical method .... of tapping the bladder"

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The Dieulafoy aspirator was invented by Georges Dieulafoy (1839 - 1911), a French physician and pathologist, in 1869.

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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.

Full text of Freyer's address


Pictured right is a Dieulafoy Aspirator in the 1903 Down Bros Catalogue, which includes all the aspiration needles and tubing required.

The example pictured, above right, is part of the Cambridge collection.

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