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Retractors are surgical instruments designed to hold back muscles or skin during operations – including limb amputations. This bronze example was purchased in August 1930 from the collection of Guido Sforza, a collector of Roman surgical instruments.

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    Glossary: retractor

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    Glossary: amputation

    Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.