Ghost sign: Scanlan-Morris, WI

Martha Sherman

Santa Clara, United States

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Madison,, Wisconsin – The Scanlan-Morris medical supply company was founded by Samual Gwyn Scanlan and Thomas Morris in 1903-4. It was moved to this site on E. Johnson Street in 1913. Scanlan and Morris worked with the Mayo clinic to devise “the first hydraulically raised and lowered operating table built in America and the first orthopedic table permitting free use of the fluoroscope. Other products included sterilizers, incubators, oxygen cribs, anesthesia machines, lights, and medical office furniture. The Scanlan-Morris Operay Multibeam operating room light provided non-glare, shadowless illumination with a system of arms.” Scanlan Laboratory, which “made surgical sutures with dissolving times of two to forty days,” was located next door.

In 1944, the company became a subsidiary, the Scanlan-Morris Division, of the Ohio Chemical and Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio that was in turn a subsidiary of Air Reduction Company, a maker of medical gases." The Ohio chemical and Manufacturing Company later became Ohio Medical Products, then became Ohmeda, which moved its U.S. headquarters from Madison to New Jersey in 1985. As of 2013 the Scanlan heritage lives on with its descendant, the Madison branch of GE Life Support Systems."


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