Post-mortem set, London, England, 1860-1870

1860-1870 in London
S Maw & Son

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IPost mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English 1860-1870. Whole object shot on grey background, box open showing
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Post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870

The post-mortem set contains equipment necessary to carry out an autopsy or a dissection. Among the instruments are a spine chisel, a large steel hammer, scalpels, saws and suture needles to sew up the body once the procedure was completed. The kit also contains a head rest for the body. Post-mortem or autopsy only came into practice in the early 1800s. The purpose of post-mortem was to determine whether the physician’s diagnosis when the patient was alive had been correct. It also helped physicians to learn more about the internal symptoms and signs of disease.


Anatomy & Pathology
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case, brass, case, velvet, lined, case, wood
fully open case: 33 mm x 251 mm x 326 mm, 2.4 kg
closed case: 52 mm x 251 mm x 163 mm, 2.4 kg
post-mortem set
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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