Set of Hagedorn's suture needles, mounted on card, England, 1880-1920
Werner Hagedorn (1831-1894) was a German surgeon who invented these surgical suture needles. The needles are threaded with suture material, such as nylon or gut, and are used to join up or close the edges of wounds. Each set has a different use. The curved needles at the bottom are for closing external wounds and those at the top centre are used for intestinal wounds.
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Glossary: suture needle
needle used to suture (join the edges of a wound or incision by stitching)
The closing of a wound or incision with thread to help the healing process.