Brace and bit cranial trephine
The instrument was used in trephination, the drilling of a hole through the skull bone. The blade creates a circular hole when the brace is turned, much like a standard carpenter’s brace and bit drill. The ornate decoration is typical of 1700s design and unfortunately such features provided a good environment in which germs could thrive. The inscription reads “Eberle”, a surgical instrument maker working in Germany at this time.
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- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- surgical equipment
- surgical instrument
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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