Medical Museum, April 2012: Cupping Set

April 25, 2012
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website:

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in the doctor offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Category: Bleeding and Cupping
Estimated Date: 1880
Name: Cupping Set
Manufacturer: Luer and Apron
Description: Huge set in an oak box 17“x 5“x 14” with brass handles and latch.Lined with a very old gray felt. Contains 33 valved cups, a brass syringe Luer and a hard rubber bulb Apron each for evacuating the cups which are 1.75” diameter and 4” high including the brass valve fitting. The cups are labeled by Luer and Apron. Rectangular and oval knobs on valve respectively. 2 vials caustic in compartment. Bleeder missing from its compartment. Probably was for hospital use. A good example of a set with mixed manufacturers that is clearly the original contents.