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Sahli's apparatus

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Used in Sahli's method for determination of haemoglobin. Sahli's instrument was based on a design by the British neurologist Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915).


  • W. R. Gowers:
    An apparatus for the clinical estimation of haemoglobin.
    Transactions of the Clinical Society of London, 1879, 12: 64-67.
  • H. Sahli:
    Über ein einfaches und exactes Verfahren der klinischen Hämometrie.
    Verhandlungen des deutschen Kongresses für innere Medizin. 20. Congress. Wiesbaden, 1902, 20: 230–234.
  • Claude Paul Kaufmann:
    Das Hämometer von Hermann Sahli: Methode, Typen, Bedeutung.
    Diss. med. 1998. Medizinhistorisches Institut der Universität Bern.

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