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Knives for surgery, China, 1801-1920

Haemorrhoids or varicose veins may have been treated using these steel surgical knives. In the past, surgery in Traditional Chinese Medicine was confined to minor operations. Today, acupuncture is sometimes used to numb patients during some surgical procedures.

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