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Copy of a Hooker Oxygenator, Europe

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First described by D Hooker in 1916, this is a copy of an oxygenator used in physiological research. The oxygenator consists of a glass jar containing a spinning disc driven by a motor. Blood flows into the jar and is spun by the disc onto the sides. Here it makes contact with oxygen from a gas cylinder. The oxygenated blood flows out at the bottom of a jar and is pumped back to the organ, in this case a kidney.

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Glossary: physiology

The science of the functioning of living organisms and their component parts.

Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.