Cranial trephine with two bits, Europe, 1601-1800

Made:
1601-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Cranial trephine with two bits. Full view, with bit, matt grey background.
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Cranial trephine with two bits

The instrument was used in trephination, the drilling of a hole through the skull bone. Known as a trephine, this example has two bits which can be attached to the drill in order to create holes of different sizes and types in the skull. The device is not unlike the hand-powered brace and bit drill commonly used by carpenters.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A622321
Materials:
brass, ivory, steel, wood
type:
trephine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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