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A. A. MARTINI.
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Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 9, 19ft.
Application filed February 24, 1916. Serial No. 80,184.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, ANDREW A. MARTINI, a citizen of the United States, residing at Buffalo, in the county of Erie and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Medicine Devices, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a device for indicating the particular times at which doses of medicine are to be taken.
The object of this invention is to provide an inexpensive indicator, the operation of which is simple and self evident to persons called upon to use it and which is so constructed as to permit the same to be made inexpensively of sanitary material.
In the accompanying drawings: Figure l is a plan view of the medicine indicator embodying my invention. Figs. 2 and 3 are vertical sections taken on the correspondingly numbered lines in Fig. 1. Fig. 4 is a section taken on line 4f, Fig. 1, but showing the main and auxiliary indicating hands interlocked. Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the auxiliary indicator hand. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the main indicator hand. Fig. 7 is a similar view of the indicating sleeve.
Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
1 represents a square dial plate having a row of circularly disposed numerals printed or inscribed on its face properly sub-divided or graduated so as to represent the consecutive hours of the day and fractions thereof similar to the face of a clock, as shown in Fig. 1. Pivoted to the center of said dial plate and concentrically relative to said row of numbers is a main indicator hand 2 which may be so turned about its pivot as to point to any desired part of the dial face. So that this main hand may not be too easily jarred or moved from its proper setting, the outer extremity thereof is pointed and bent backwardly forming a detaining nose or finger 3. Arranged concentrically around the outer edge of the dial numerals is a ring of radiating ridges or corrugations 4 formed on the face of the dial by stamping or otherwise which corrugations are adapted to engage with the nose 3 of the main hand so as to detain said hand in the different positions on the dial to which this hand may be turned.
The main hand, as best shown in Fig. 6,
is provided on its longitudinal edges about midway of its length with flexible forwardly curved wings 6 which together practically form a tubular bearing on the front side of the main hand. Rotatably mounted on this bearing is a tubular indicator or sleeve 5 which may be turned relatively to said hand into any desired position. To retain the sleeve longitudinally in position on thehand, each of the wings 6 is provided at both of its transverse ends with outwardly projecting retaining flanges or stops 7 which engage against the ends of the indicator sleeve. In assembling the indicating sleeve and the main hand, the flexible wings 6 are merely pressed inwardly toward each other thus allowing the sleeve to be slipped over the retaining flanges and into its proper position on the main hand. The wings are then allowed to spring apart thereby mechanically holding the sleeve against longitudinal movement and holding the same frictionally against rotation. The sleeve has printed or inscribed on its circumferential outer surface certain suitable words as Pills, Powders, Bath, Massage or the like to indicate the particular kind of medicine or medical treatment which should be taken or given at any certain specified time. Thus when the indicator sleeve is turned around the main hand, the name of the desired medicine or treatment may be presented on the upper surface of said sleeve. If for instance, a pill is to be taken by the patient at three thirty, the main hand is first turned about the dial until its points to a position on the dial midway between the numerals 3 and 4. Then the sleeve is turned on the main hand until the word Pills is presented on its upper side which position is shown in the drawings.
Where the time intervals between the different doses or treatment must be varied to suit the patients needs and thus cannot be made arbitrarily definite or where it is desirable, as a check, to know just when the last dose was administered, it is desirable to pivot another auxiliary indicating hand 8 on the dial so as to swing about the face of the same, as shown. This auxiliary hand is also of value where some other kind of medicine is to be taken as for instance a vapor bath, a rubdown, etc. Ordinarily this additional indicating hand might be in the way as when only one kind of medicine is being taken at long intervals, unless some provision is made for coupling thesarne with the main hand. This is preferably accomplished by providing this auxiliary hand on its lateral edges with two locking fingers or lugs 9 which project upwardly adjacent to the outer end of the hand. These fingers are adapted to engage with opposite longitudinal sides of the main hand preferably near the outer end of the latter so that the two hands turn about on the face of the dial as a single unit. The two arms may be pivotally mounted on the dial plate in any suitable manner, for instance by superimposing the inner ends .of these arms on the front side of the dial plate and passing a metal fastener 10 through these hands and the plate similar to the means for fastening together sheets of paper. This indicator may be ,constructed of any suitable material, preferably of celluloid, near ivory or the like, the whole device being apparently very light and sanitary in keeping with its purpose and at the same time very simple in operation and low in cost.
I claim as my invention:
1. A medicine indicator comprising a dial plate, a hand which may be moved over the face of said plate so as to indicate any desired point on the same, and an indicating sleeve mounted on said hand so as to be capable of rotation thereon independently of the movement of said hand to permit of presenting any desired part ofthe same.
2. A medicine indicator comprising a plate having a dial face indicating time, a
hand which may be swung around on the dial face and an indicating sleeve mounted to turn on said hand independently of the movement of the latter and held frictionally against turning thereon and bearing the names of suitable medical requirements.
3. A medicine indicator comprising a plate having a dial, a hand which may be moved over the face of said dial, flexible (topics 01 this patent may be obtained for wings arranged on the longitudinal edges of the hand, and an indicating sleeve mounted on the hand and wings and capable of rotat e-. thereon.
4. A medicine indicator comprising a plate having a dial, a hand which may be moved over the face of saiddial, flexible Wings arranged on the longitudinal edges of the hand, an indicating sleeve mounted on the hand and wings and capable of rotation thereon and retaining flanges formed on the transverse ends of said wings and engaging the ends of said sleeve for holding the latter against longitudinal movement on the hand.
5. A medicine indicator comprising aplate having a dial face indicating time, a hand which may be swung around on the dial face, an indicating sleeve mounted on said hand and held frictionally against turning thereon and bearing the names of suitable medical requirements and means for retaining the hand in any desired position on "the dial circumferential-1y of the latter.
6. A medicine indicator comprising a plate having a dial face indicating time, a
hand which may be swung around on the dial face, an indicating sleeve mounted'on said hand and held frictionally against turningthereon and bearing thev names of; suitable medical requirements and means for ANDREW A. MARTINI.
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