Surgical Set

Surgical Set

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Some of Charrière’s other accomplishments included inventing a gauge for measuring sounds, and fabricating Charles Gabriel Parvaz’s invention of the hypodermic syringe. Former pupils Robert and Adolphe Collin, Georges-Guillaume-Amatus Lüer continued the tradition of outstanding surgical instruments.
This wooden case and brass handle and corner straps houses the most up-to-date instruments for the removal of calculi from the bladder and kidneys. Each instrument is engraved with Dr. Wilson’s initials W.T.W. It has 26 components. The set is close to complete, and includes three lithotomy forceps for crushing calculi or stones, a single and double-bladed lithotomes, a large irrigation syringe with three nozzles made of nickel, one scoop, two lithotomy knives and another cutting device known as an aponeurotome, one straight and one hooked gorget,
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Object Name
surgical set
date made
Charriere, Joseph
place made
France: Île-de-France, Département de Ville-de-Paris
Physical Description
brass; paper; steel; wood; fabric; mahogany; ebony (overall material)
overall; overall, minimum (shipping, storage, or collapsed): 4 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in x 9 in; 11.43 cm x 44.45 cm x 22.86 cm
overall, maximum (exhibit or expanded): 9 in x 17 1/2 in x 25 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 44.45 cm x 64.77 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
Surgical instruments
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National Museum of American History
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