Caesarean knife and two cautery instruments, Uganda, c. 1830-1920.

1830-1920 in Uganda

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Curved knife, steel, with wooden handle, used for Caesarian section, from Uganda, 1830-1879

A knife allegedly used for Caesarian sections and two surgical instruments, from the Banyankore people, Ankole (Nkore) kingdom, Uganda, c. 1880-1920. The larger instrument is said to be for "blistering temples", the smaller, a cautery. The curved knife was collected by Dr. Robert Felkin, who witnessed its actual use in Uganda, Central Africa, in a Caesarean section. The two cautery instruments were collected by Rev. John Roscoe


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
handle, wood and steel
surgical knife
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
Felkin, R.W.

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