Laryngeal ecraseur, late 19th century.

Image number: 10287727

Laryngeal ecraseur, late 19th century.

This instrument is made of ebony and steel and belonged to Sir Morell MacKenzie (1837-1892). MacKenzie was a pioneering specialist in diseases of the throat. He gained a reputation across Europe as an expert in his field, and in 1887 was summoned to treat the crown prince of Germany (later the emperor Frederick III), although MacKenzie was ultimately unable to save him. An ecraseur is a snare-like instrument used to sever the base of a tumour.

Image number:
10287727
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:42
Image rights:
Science Museum