The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Brambilla's textbook of military surgery, 1782.

    The three instruments illustrated are from an 18th century surgical instrument set, mainly for trephination, but including two amputation instruments, in a leather case. Also illustrated is a copy of Brambilla�s textbook of military surgery.

    Case of amputation instruments, Scottish, late 18th century.

    Case of amputation instruments, several makers, Scottish

    Whistler's laryngeal cutting dilator, early 20th century.

    Cutting dilator, Whistler type, for stenosis of the larynx, steel, nickel plated, by Down Bros. of London, with 2 spare heads

    Steel bullet extractor, 17th century.

    Bullet extractor, made out of steel, incomplete.

    Balasegarams liver retractor, 1980.

    Balasegarams liver retractor, stainless steel, by Downs Surgical Ltd., England.

    O'Dwyer paediatric intubation set, 1905-1920.

    O'Dwyer intubation set, children�s, cased, incomplete, nickel plated steel instruments, probably English.

    Carbolic acid solution spray, French, 1860-1887.

    Carbolic spray for creating antiseptic conditions during surgery, modification by Lucas-Championniere of Lister's invention, made by Collin and Company of Paris; French

    Amputation saw and two artificial arms, 16th century.

    Two iron artificial arms and an amputation saw. Previously, it was thought that the arms may have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armoure

    Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

    Tracheotomy set, complete, metal and ivory instruments in leather case, by S. Maw, Son & Thompson of London.

    Trepanning set, English, c 1750s.

    Case of trephination instruments, c. 1731-1770. Trepanning is the removal of a piece of bone from the skull. The instruments are of a type introduced by Samuel Sharp (1700-1778) of Guy's Hospital, who wrote 'Treatise on the operation of surgery' (17