Tonsillotome

Tonsillotome

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
For well over a hundred years there has been conflicting opinions about the removal of inflamed tonsils. For many children having their tonsils removed became a rite of passage. This Tonsiltome by the French instrument maker Charriere dates from about 1870.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
surgical instrument
tonsillotome
tonsillotome
tonsilltome
date made
about 1860
about 1870
maker
Charriere, Joseph
Measurements
overall: 8.5 cm x 2.8 cm x 27.8 cm; 3 11/32 in x 1 3/32 in x 10 15/16 in
overall: 1 in x 11 in x 3 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 27.94 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
1978.0874.02
accession number
1978.0874
catalog number
1978.0874.02
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object