Spinal needle, London, England, 1914-1918

1914-1918 in London

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Spinal needle, with trocar, nickel plated brass body, by Bailey and Son, London, military issue, 1914-1918

Hollow, hypodermic needles like this one are used to examine the delicate area of the spine, inject or drain fluids and to administer anaesthetics. Made from nickel-plated steel, the needle has a hollow tapered point, called a trocar, which is for fluids. The needle would have been part of a military surgeon’s equipment during the First World War.

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