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

Made:
1860-1870 in London
maker:
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 mrotem saw blade. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set
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Bowel scissors. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Spine chisel. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Spine chisel. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Handle for instruments. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set
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Steel hammer with wooden scale tong handle. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870.
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Steel hammer with wooden scale tong handle. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870.
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Chisels. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Two knife blades. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Possibly a chisel, with wooden scale tong handle. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English,
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Three scalpels with wooden handles. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The
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Two blow pipes. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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Handle for use with disposable scalpel blades, by Bard-Parker. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son,
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Three curved and three straight suture needles. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English,
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Bipod head rest. Part of a post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870. The post-mortem set contains
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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.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A51118
Materials:
case, brass, case, velvet, lined, case, wood
Measurements:
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
type:
post-mortem set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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