Galt Trephine

Galt Trephine

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Description
Gabriel Alexander Dickie Galt (1830-1908), a physician in Virginia, introduced a new form of 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 has a Gemrig 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Trephine
trephine
surgical set
Date made
1861-1864
maker
Gemrig, Jacob H.
user
Dungan, Jacob S.
maker
Jacob H. Gemrig
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Measurements
overall: 10.6 cm x 1 cm; 4 3/16 in x 3/8 in
overall: 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.4775 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
MG.316384.21
accession number
316384
catalog number
316384.21
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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