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This type of vaginal speculum has been known since the middle of the nineteenth century and associated with “Ferguson.” Some attribute it to Sir William Fergusson (1808-77), a prominent surgeon in London. Others to a London instrument dealer. This example is made of glass, the outer wall of which is covered with a layer of tin foil which, in turn, is covered with black varnish.
Ref: George Tiemann & Co., Armamentarium Chirurgicum (New York, 1879), p. 52.
Alban Doran, “Fergus(s)on’s Speculum,” The British Medical Journal (March 11, 1916): 397.
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Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
black (overall color)
average spatial: 15.7 cm x 5 cm; 6 3/16 in x 1 15/16 in
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Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
Women's Health
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