Site display: Normal | Text Only

My Collection | About Us | Teachers

Find objects

Select from more than one or two options below:

Objects search

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the search below.

Hunter type clinical thermometer, London, England, 1795-1805

The clinical thermometer differs from an ordinary thermometer. It measures only over a limited temperature range relating to body temperatures. This early example is one of a type devised by Scottish anatomist and surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793). Clinical thermometers were used in medicine for some time before 1850. However, it was only after that they began being used as precise instruments to diagnose disease. They were also used to predict a disease’s course through recognising the temperature patterns of specific diseases. This example has a Fahrenheit scale. It was made by optician and nautical instrument maker William Cary.

Object number:


Related Objects

There are 455 related objects. View all related objects


Related links

Techniques and Technologies:


Glossary: thermometer

Instruments for measuring temperature by utilizing the variation of the physical properties of substances according to their thermal states..

Glossary: clinical diagnosis

A diagnosis given based on the signs and symptoms of a disease.