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Juan del Regato (1909-1999) was born in Cuba and attended medical schools in Havana and in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1939 and, in 1948, became the founding director of the Penrose Cancer Institute in Colorado Springs. Among his achievements was developing a vaginal speculum to facilitate transvaginal roentgen therapy for cancer of the cervix. This set of ten specula is of that sort. The in-scription on the case reads “REGATO VAGINAL SPECULA / MANUFACTURED BY F. R. MACHINE WORKS LONG ISLAND CITY 1. N.Y.”
Ref: “Juan del Regato, 90, an Expert In Radiation Therapy For Cancer,” New York Times (June 22, 1999), p. B8.
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