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Haemoglobinometer set in case, Germany, 1901-1945

A haemoglobinometer measures the level of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin is the part of the blood responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. It is essential for a healthy diet. In the 1940s, the haemoglobin or iron content of the blood estimated levels of malnutrition. This haemoglobinometer was made by optical instrument maker Carl Zeiss of Jena in Germany. It is accompanied by a special portable microscope.

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Glossary: haemoglobinometer

an instrument for determining the concentration of haemoglobin in a sample of blood, which is a measure of its ability to carry oxygen.

Glossary: haematology

The study of the structure of the blood and blood forming tissues.