Copy of vaginal speculum, Europe, 1901-1939
The original of this vaginal speculum was found at Pompeii. It is now in the Museo Nazionale in Naples. The speculum was inserted into the body. The handles were then rotated to expand the distance between the blades. This is a very early Roman example of this gynaecological instrument. Variations on it are still used. Gynaecologists now use them to diagnose genito-urinary diseases. They are also employed in related surgical procedures.
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Glossary: vaginal speculum
Instrument for dilating the vagina, and throwing light within thus facilitating examination or surgical operations
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