Mounted set of Hagedorn's suture needles

1880-1920 in England

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Set of Heagedorn's suture needles, steel, mounted on a card, English, 1880-1920

Werner Hagedorn (1831-1894) was a German surgeon who invented these surgical suture needles. The needles are threaded with suture material, such as nylon or gut, and are used to join up or close the edges of wounds. Each set has a different use. The curved needles at the bottom are for closing external wounds and those at the top centre are used for intestinal wounds.

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steel and support, card
suture needle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • suture
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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