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Catalog Number 2016.052.5
Collection Hinckley Collection
Object Name Instrument, Nasal
Description The Taylor Massotherapor, a medical instrument manufactured and distributed by Cairnes & Company, Inc., Worcester, MA. The massotherapor is in its original box, with its original instruction manual. The device was recommended for treatment of catarrhal deafness and nasal catarrh. User would insert the two metal nasal bulbs into the nostrils, puff up their cheeks, and then squeeze and release the air filled bulb to create suction. According to the instructions, "It represents modern progress in ear treatment, embodying the principle of the vacuum, and by compressing and rarefying the air column in the nose and ears creates changes by drawing catarrhal debris to the natural openings of the sinuses and eustachian tubes; and after such clearance, by an instant change of valve, massages the sinuses and ears." The instructions also refer to a paper written by Dr. Taylor and published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal on September 29, 1921.
*This item is part of a collection of antique medical instruments donated by long-time South Portland physician, Dr. Harris Hinckley.*
Subjects Medical equipment & supplies