The Stetten Museum preserves more than 1,000 instruments in its collection. Because of limited space, only a small portion can be displayed. The following exhibit features a cross section of precision instruments from the Intramural (in-house) Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, used between 1945 and 1965. Prior to the wide-spread introduction of solid-state electronics devices, scientific instrument designers relied on mechanical and optical techniques which necessitated a high degree of precision in the construction of their instruments.
VIEWING THE GALLERY
You may browse through the medical instruments gallery, 9 pages in all, or scan an index organized by instrument name.