Green tin of sulpho-chromic catgut ligatures

1876-1900 in London and Edinburgh

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Green tin, 11 lengths of black sulpho-chromie catgut ligatures, by J.F. Macfarlon, British, 1876-1900
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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.

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Object Number:
catgut and metal
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

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