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Surgical instruments, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

These bronze surgical instruments have been fused together – probably by the intense heat of a fire. It appears that they were once stored in a small rectangular box as they are all lying in the same direction. It also seems likely that they were once carried by a Roman physician when visiting his patients. This bronze instrument set was purchased in August 1930 from the collection of Guido Sforza, a collector of Roman surgical instruments.

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Glossary: surgical instrument set

Set of instruments to be used for surgery. A physician would often build up their own collection of favoured tools in order to feel as comfortable as possible when carrying out surgery.