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Duke type vaginal insufflator, United Kingdom, 1871-1900

A vaginal insufflator blew gas or powdered medications into the female reproductive organs. It treated pelvic inflammatory diseases (infections of the uterus and ovaries) and ovarian fibroids (non-cancerous tumours) among other conditions. This example was designed by obstetric physician Dr. Alexander Duke, who practiced at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

Object number:

A612547

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A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

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A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.

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