Liston Knife

Liston Knife

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Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a Scottish surgeon noted for his skill and speed in an era before anesthetics, when speed was especially important. A typical Liston knife had a long thin blade. This example has an ebony handle.
Ref: Robert Liston, Practical Surgery (London, 1837).
George Tiemann & Co., The American Armamentarium Chirugicum (New York, 1879), p. 4.
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Other Terms
Knife; Cutting Tools; Amputation
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
wood, ebony (overall material)
black (overall color)
average spatial: 1.4 cm x 2 cm x 33 cm; 9/16 in x 13/16 in x 13 in
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National Museum of American History
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