Ivory and Silver pleximeter

Ivory and Silver pleximeter

Stock Number: 380413 D

€ 975,-


9,5 x 3 cm


Circa 1880

Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Diagnostics, Therapeutic & Functional Aids



A pleximeter with a graduated scale on the ivory and hinged silver wings, C 1880. Percussion with a pleximeter is an early example of sound being used as an adjunct to diagnostic medicine and was the precursor to sonar and ultrasound. The pleximeter was placed on the chest wall and used as a platform for percussion with a hammer. The nature of the resulting sound could help to distinguish healthy lung from fluid or consolidation and was also used to map out the size and shape of underlying organs.

There is a Pleximeter shown on page 194 of Elisabeth Bennion’s book “Antique Medical instruments” which is is the Museum of historical Medicine in Copenhagen.

Dimension: 9,5  x 3 cm and look for shop information on website www.vanleestantiques.com 

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Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.