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UNRELIABLE THERMOMETERS

A GERMAN TRADE. ELM. Trade Commissioner for New Zealand (llr. W. G. AVickham) recently received an inquiry from a wholesale firm of ohemists as to whether English firms oould supply certain lines of cheap thermometers, which previous to the war appeared to come solely from Germany. Mr. Wickham pointed out to a reporter yesterday that these lines appear on a catalogue of English firms and m one notable, case were catalogued under the heading of "Cheap Thermometers, not English Manufacture." *i T aS obviously because of the fact that the firm was not anxious to recommend the thermometers, which at the price sold could not have .been tested and were therefore not reliable. i' appears that the fee for testing thermometers at Kew Observatory is 18s. per dozen, so that the dairy thermometers and clinical thermometers so often disposed of at the modest price of Is. each have not' had the test applied to them, and in many instances the result would bee that high temperatures were registered where they did not actually exist. In this connection it is interesting to note that in July of last year, Dr. J. Court, of Staveley, Chesterfield, stated that most of tho clinical thermometers 6old to the medical profession, and supplied to medical institutions, ■ wore unreliable. Most of. those put on the market had not been tested, and some of the largest hospitals in London bought thermomoters at 4}d. each. The statements were made in Dr. Court's report on the work of the tuberculin dispensaries of Derbyshire. He found that none of the thermometers supplied to the dispensaries had been tested. At Glossop, two were quite useless. Since the dose of tuberculin given in injections was to a great extent regulated by the daily temperature record, it was of vital importance that absolutely accurate instruments should be used.

In view of the fact that the cheap thermometer trade in New Zealand has been apparently controlled by the Germans, the remarks of Dr. Court are interesting.

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Dominion, Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2417, 24 March 1915

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UNRELIABLE THERMOMETERS Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2417, 24 March 1915

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