Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader

Description (Brief)
Rib spreaders come in several sizes for adults and children. This Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader would be used on an adult. It is made of non-glare stainless steel and comes with two sets of detachable blades. Reference: Cardiovascular,Thoracic and General Surgical Instruments, (catalogue). Pilling Company, 1979: page 58.
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Object Name
rib spreader
surgical instrument
date made
ca 1983
Narco Scientific. Pilling Division
Physical Description
metal, stainless steel (overall material)
average spatial: 7.3 cm x 6.5 cm x 4 cm; 2 7/8 in x 2 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in
spreader: 3 in x 11 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in; 7.62 cm x 29.21 cm x 22.225 cm
extra blades: 2 in x 5 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 14.605 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Fort Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Medical Procedure- Surgery
Surgical instruments
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Pilling Weck
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