Péan-type artery forceps, Paris, France, 1820-1866

1820-1866 in Paris

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Pean's artery forceps, steel, by Charriere of Paris, mid 19th century

Artery forceps are used to compress the artery and seal small blood vessels or to hold the artery out of the way during surgery. Made by Charrière, a Parisian surgical instrument maker, this type of forceps was invented by Jean Péan (1830-1898), a Parisian surgeon. Péan was known for leaving forceps on vessels for several hours – and sometimes days – during surgery in order to avoid stitching the vessel. It was quite common for surgeons to invent new instruments to aid their work.

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artery forceps, surgery (cardiovascular system) pean, artery forceps, surgery (cardiovascular system)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • forceps

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