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Catalog Number 89.0001.258
Object Name Apparatus, Metabolism
Title McKesson Appliance Co. Recording (Waterless) Metabolor, Model 185
Description Black enameled metal cart with single drawer which holds small accessories. Metabolor is tan enameled metal with chrome accents. Display dial on back. The left side has an oxygen fill line and knob; the front has a canister, stainless steel hose bracketed to torn black rubber hoses; gauges; and recording area with paper.

89.0001.258.01 - McKesson Recording (Waterless) Metabolor
89.0001.258.02 - Exhalation Chamber
89.0001.258.03 - Plunger Screw Rod for Exhalation Chamber
89.0001.258.04 - Exhalation Head
89.0001.258.05 - Thumb Nut for Exhalation Head
89.0001.258.06 - Inhalation Head
89.0001.258.07 - Thumb Nut for Inhalation Head
89.0001.258.08 - Recording Graph Paper
89.0001.258.09 - Bottle of Red Ink
89.0001.258.10 - Rubber Breathing Tube
89.0001.258.11 - Rubber Breathing Tube
89.0001.258.12 - (Dual) Mouthpiece Connection
89.0001.258.13 - Adult Mouthpiece
89.0001.258.14 - Child’s Mouthpiece
89.0001.258.15 - Oxygen Tank Extension Arm
89.0001.258.16 - Oxygen Tank Valve Assembly
89.0001.258.17 - Oxygen Tank Handle
89.0001.258.18 - McKesson Metabolor Wheeled Metal Support Table
89.0001.258.19 - Adult Breathing Hood
89.0001.258.20 - Child’s Breathing Hood
89.0001.258.21 - Head Strap
89.0001.258.22 - Wire Nose Clip
89.0001.258.23 - Bottle of Ink (extra)
89.0001.258.24 - Wrench
89.0001.258.25 - Child’s Breathing Hood
89.0001.258.26 - Plastic Hose
89.0001.258.27 - Roll of Recording Graph Paper (extra)
89.0001.258.28 - Cardboard Box for Graph Paper (original)
Date circa 1950
Accession number 89.0001.258
Caption McKesson Appliance Co. Recording (Waterless) Metabolor, Model 185
Catalog date 2003-01-06
Catalog type History
Provenance Most likely used in Dr. Donald Whedon’s Energy and Mineral Metabolism Branch, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases. This metabolor was used with patients to check metabolism by measuring the rate at which the patients absorbed oxygen while inhaling oxygen and computing the rate of oxidation from the quantity of oxygen used in a certain amount of time. It was waterless, meaning that the water spirometer was replaced by a bellows which expanded and contracted with the patient’s breathing. Dr. Whedon was Director of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (1962-1981). His main field of study was calcium metabolism and its relation to the disease of osteoporosis. He also served as a consultant to NASA, investigating loss of calcium in the bone during long-term weightlessness.
Number of images 1
Updated 2017-07-31
Condition Good
Organizations NIH; NIAMD (National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases) (1950-1972)
NIH; NIAMDD (National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases) (1972-1981)
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # 432
People Whedon, G. Donald