Category: Pulmonary
Estimated Date: 1910
Name: Sputum Flask
Manufacturer: Kny-Scheerer

Description: 5×2,5×1” brass flask with remnants of the nickle plating remaining. Has a screw top and on the side a 1.6” round plate on a spring can be released to reveal the funnel into which the sputum was spit. Cap is for emptying the flask. From a time when adequate therapy for chronic pulmonary infections such as tuberculosis was not available. Patients suffered from productive coughs with these flasks as a way of relieving themselves.

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Sputum Flask