Green tin, 11 lengths of black sulpho-chromic catgut ligatures, by J.F. Macfarlon, British, 1876-1900
Despite its name, the surgical suture cord catgut is not made from cat intestines. It uses the natural fibre found in the intestines of other, larger animals such as sheep, cattle, or goats.
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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overall ligature: 4 mm 57.1 mm,
overall (carton closed): 31.5 mm 64.7 mm, .04 kg
- sutures pharmacy (drugs), surgery (general) and catgut, pharmacy (drugs), sulpho-chromie, surgery (general) and sutures
- Loan, Wellcome Trust