Object of the Month: July 2020

Object of the Month: July 2020 Remdesivir A collection of objects that depicts life in the time of a pandemic must include medicines. In a story of fighting disease, a drug bottle or phial represents victory, prefigures the end of the hard times and gives face to the hope that defeating the plague is in human power and […]

Object of the Month: June 2020

  Object of the Month: June 2020 Igracek Figures With Face Masks Face masks have become the most prominent symbol of the Corona pandemic in the Czech lands and beyond. Masks represent, on the one hand, the efforts of thousands of people to contribute to defeating the plague, to protect themselves and to help those […]

Object of the Month: May 2020

Object of the Month: May 2020 Surgical Face Mask, 1970s- 1980s Masks we have used during past three months and continue to use to protect our fellow human beings and ourselves during the pandemic, were originally intended for medical personnel. Face masks were introduced to stop the spread of droplet infection beyond operation theatres, maternal […]

Object of the Month: April 2020

Object of the Month: April 2020 Bülau Chest Drainage Apparatus COVID 19 is no flu. Yet the way it harms, the way it spreads and the way in which we try to protect ourselves, are not very different from the „Spanish Flu“ of the early 20 century. In 1869, a Hamburg physician designed a technique to help […]

Object of the Month: March 2020

Object of the Month: March 2020 Leyser Medical Thermometer High body temperature signals illness, usually an infectious disease. Today, thermometer is often the first instrument to detect COVID-19. Contactless digital thermometers and infrared cameras help recognize people who may be affected at airports or borders. First instruments for measuring body temperature emerged in Italy at […]

Object of the Month: February 2020

Object of the Month: February 2020 Coin-Catcher How best to remove a five franc coin stuck in the pharynx or the esophagus? Until the early 20 century, foreign objects were often removed from the throat without eye control. Instruments for such operations were often introduced centuries ago. “Coin catcher” after C. F. Graefe, an instrument in […]

Object of the Month: January 2020

Teplo-Fornax Winter is coming and staying. To heat both the bed and the body, hot bricks and stones had been used and in the 16 century metal hot water bottles were introduced in Europe. The early 20 century saw the birth of the electric blanket, which transforms electric current into heat. All these sources of […]

Object of the Month: December 2019

Object of the Month: December 2019 Pálava Ingha II Electric Blanket, 1960s The winter season asks for a source of warmth. In 2018, these pages showed an 18 century hot water bottle: this winter we looked for a more recent item to heat the bed and the body, an object that testifies to the growing role of […]

Object of the Month: November 2019

Object of the Month: November 2019 Biocard Electrocardiograph, Chirana Stará Turá, 1980-1990 The portable single channel electrocardiograph Biocard was developed by Chirana Stará Turá in the second half of the 1970s. The international competition and rapid privatization of industry after 1989 put a stop to many promising research and production programs: another project terminated in Stará […]