Copy of Ambroise Paré’s operating table, London, England, 1912

Made:
1912 in London
maker:
Wellcome Institute, Museum Workshops
Copy of Pare's operating table, 16th century. Detail view of bowl, black background. Copy of Pare's operating table, 16th century.
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Copy of Pare's operating table, 16th century. Detail view of bowl, black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Copy of Pare's operating table, 16th century. Full 3/4 view, graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Copy of Pare's operating table, 16th century

Innovative French surgeon Ambroise Paré (c. 1510-90) served as royal surgeon for French kings including Henri II. Paré joined the French army in 1536 after being apprenticed to a barber. He spent much of the next 30 years as a military surgeon. He improved or invented many techniques, especially in treating war wounds.

The Wellcome Institute Museum Workshops made this copy of Paré’s operating table in 1912 from descriptions left by Paré himself. The bowl attached to the table via an adjustable clamp held sponges and medical instruments needed during surgery.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A63548
type:
operating table
taxonomy:
  • derivative object
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
credit:
Wellcome Institute, Museum Workshops