Vaginal speculum, 1870-1901.

Image number: 10327910

Vaginal speculum, 1870-1901.

This type of vaginal specula has four blades and was invented by Meadows. It is made out of steel and was constructed by S Maw, Son and Thompson of London. Once the specula was inserted into the vagina the four blades could be spread out to allow internal examination. Vaginal specula are used in the diagnosis and treatment of vaginal and uterine disorders.

Image number:
10327910
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 19:00
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Science Museum