Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader

Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader

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Description (Brief)
Rib spreaders come in several sizes for adults and children. This Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader would be used on an adult. It is made of non-glare stainless steel and comes with two sets of detachable blades. Reference: Cardiovascular,Thoracic and General Surgical Instruments, (catalogue). Pilling Company, 1979: page 58.
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Object Name
rib spreader
surgical instrument
Other Terms
Blade; Grasping and Fixating Instruments
date made
ca 1983
Narco Scientific. Pilling Division
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Fort Washington
Physical Description
metal, stainless steel (overall material)
spreader: 3 in x 11 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in; 7.62 cm x 29.21 cm x 22.225 cm
extra blades: 2 in x 5 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 14.605 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Pilling Weck
Medical Procedure- Surgery
Surgical instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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