This internal Beckman Instruments memo documents some of the difficulties of developing a portable glucose monitor. Items under consideration include a digital read out, whole blood versus dialysis or protein precipitation, and the potential to adapt this work to analyze other body fluids.
The Glucose Analyzer was developed by James Sternberg in 1969 and was one of several very successful medical testing and analysis instruments that Beckman Instruments produced in the 1970s. Its size, speed, and price enabled doctors to get fast, in-house results, instead of sending patients’ blood samples to a lab and awaiting a report.
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Little, R. L., and James C. Sternberg. “Memo from R. Little and J. Sternberg to Wilbur Kaye,” September 21, 1965. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 15, Folder 11. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/8p58pc973.
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