Four scalpels and a hernia bistoury, cased, London, England, 1901-1930

Made:
1901-1930 in London
maker:
Down Bros Limited

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4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
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4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable casem various makers, early 20th century, military
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military issue

Scalpels have been used for hundreds of years. Some examples made of stone date from Ancient Egyptian times. This military issue instrument set consists of four scalpels and a hernia bistoury. A hernia bistoury is a curved surgical knife. It includes instruments from three English makers: Arnold and Son, Down Brothers, and Allen and Hanbury.

These instruments can be fully sterilised, meaning they can be re-used without fear of causing infection. Non-sterilised instruments were used in the previous century. This often led to the fatal introduction of bacteria into the wound site. Modern surgical scalpels are usually made of hardened steel which can be sterilised and re-used or disposed of safely.

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Science Museum: Mezzanine Gallery: Wounded; Conflict

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A500589
type:
scalpel
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical knife
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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