Instruments used to remove fibroids, London, England, 1902-1920
These instruments known as tube trachants were used to remove benign tumours of the uterus, known as fibroids. It was thought that fibroids were inoperable until the late 1800s. The instrument was probably invented by Eugène-Louis Doyen (1859-1916), a French surgeon renowned from his skill and speed who invented a large number of surgical instruments to aid his work.
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signifies that treatment or removal (of a tumour) will lead to successful recovery
Glossary: tube tranchant
A swelling caused by an abnormal growth of cells.
The hollow reproductive organ in female mammals. The uterus is where the foetus develops after conception. The word 'womb' is often used among non-medical people to refer to the same area.
A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.
Muscle tumours of the uterus.