Copy of vaginal speculum, Europe, 1901-1939

1901-1939 in Europe

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Copy of vaginal speculum, brass, original found at Pompeii and now in Museo Nazionale, Naples

The original of this vaginal speculum was found at Pompeii. It is now in the Museo Nazionale in Naples. The speculum was inserted into the body. The handles were then rotated to expand the distance between the blades. This is a very early Roman example of this gynaecological instrument. Variations on it are still used. Gynaecologists now use them to diagnose genito-urinary diseases. They are also employed in related surgical procedures.


Classical & Medieval Medicine
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vaginal speculum
  • derivative object
  • copy - derivative object
  • reproduction
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • speculum
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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