Fascinating Vintage Medical Equipment

first insulin pump

What we have here is the first insulin pump. It was developed by Dr. Arnold Kadish in 1963. Every account I’ve read of it describes it as “the size of a marine’s backpack.” These days insulin pumps are the size of a pack of cards.

The insulin pump was considered experimental upon its introduction. It was seen as a more viable option in the 70s, but it didn’t become a popular option for managing diabetes until the 90s.

And that’s our little bit of history for the day!

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