Guillotine Knife

Description (Brief)
This "S" curved knife is used to cut away calcification from the mitral valve a condition known as mitral stenosis. The guillotine knife was developed by Charles P. Bailey, M.D., (1910-1993) and Dr's. Glover and O'Neill in 1946. It is marked "PILLING-PHILA", "R", "10" for use in the right hand.
In an interview published in Heart to Heart: the Twentieth Century Battle Against Heart Disease, An Oral History by Allen B. Weiss, Bailey discusses how he and several colleagues Dwight Harken and Russel Brock (GB) independently developed a technique mitral valve surgery.
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife, mitral-valve
date made
ca 1946
George P. Pilling and Son Company
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 1 in x 1 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 2.54 cm x 3.81 cm
overall: 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 18 cm; 1 3/8 in x in x 7 1/16 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Health & Medicine
Medical Procedure- Surgery
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Charles P. Bailey, M.D.
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