Gabriel Alexander Dickie Galt (1830-1908), a physician in Virginia, introduced a new trephine in 1860. Here, the cutting head had the form of a truncated cone with spiral teeth, and it could apparently cut the skull bone without touching the brain. This example of a Galt trephine has a "TIEMANN" inscription.

Ref: G. A. D. Galt, “A new Trephine; being adapted to the free and rapid penetration of the Cranium, without danger of wounding the Membranes,” New York Journal of Medicine 8 (1860): 426-427.

George Tiemann & Co., The American Armamentarium Chirurgicum (New York, 1879), p. 12.

Date Made: 1861 - 1864

Maker: George Tiemann & Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Dr. George E. and Leora M. Osler

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0858.01.18Catalog Number: 1991.0858.01.18Accession Number: 1991.0858

Object Name: Trephinetrephinesurgical set

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)wood (overall material)metal, steel (overall material)blue (overall color)Measurements: average spatial: 12.1 cm x 2.4 cm; 4 3/4 in x 15/16 inhandle: 3 7/8 in x 7/8 in; x 9.8425 cm x 2.2225 cmtrephine: 1 in x 5 in x 1 in; 2.54 cm x 12.7 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_1094030

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