Instruments used to remove fibroids, London, England, 1902-1920

1902-1920 in London
Down Bros Limited

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Set of Doyen's tubes tranchants, steel, nickel plated, by Down of London, early 20th century. Grey perspex background.
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Set of four Doyen's tubes tranchants, steel, nickel plated, by Down Bros Limited, London, England, 1902-1920

These instruments known as tube trachants were used to remove benign tumours of the uterus, known as fibroids. It was thought that fibroids were inoperable until the late 1800s. The instrument was probably invented by Eugène-Louis Doyen (1859-1916), a French surgeon renowned from his skill and speed who invented a large number of surgical instruments to aid his work.

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tube tranchant
Down Bros Limited
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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