Surgical instrument set, Indian, c 19th century.

Image number: 10409967

Surgical instrument set, Indian, c 19th century.

Wooden case containing 2 needles and 4 lancets, all metal. The instruments would have been used for blood letting and suturing (stitching) wounds. In the ancient world India was the leader in surgery, amputation punishments for crimes meant surgeons gained practice in cosmetic surgery, as well as in sewing wounds, and removing kidney and bladder stones.

Image number:
10409967
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
13 January 2004 14:51
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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