Bossi type uterine dilator

Made:
1890-1910 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Bossi's uterine dilator, for rapid dilation of cervix, nickel-plated metal, possibly French, possibly English, c. 1900

The cervix is the neck of the uterus. Dilation of the cervix enables instruments to be introduced into the uterus for therapy or diagnosis. Dilating means to stretch or open up. It was itself believed therapeutic in some conditions. Cervical dilators were also used during childbirth. Towards the end of the 1800s, some obstetricians began using more forceful methods of inducing the process. This four-pronged expanding dilator for the cervix is one example of this approach.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A612229
type:
uterine dilator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • gynaecological equipment
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust