Surgical instrument set and canvas bag, Europe, 1941

Made:
1941 in Europe

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Canvas bag containing Government approved surgical instrument pouches numbers 1-3, supplied by Ministry of Health Emergency Hospital Service, October 1941

Inside the canvas bag are a range of surgical instruments, including an amputation saw, forceps and scissors. The kit was approved and issued by the Ministry of Health Emergency Hospital Service (EHS). Established in 1939 by the British Government, the EHS was intended to oversee the treatment of the large number of civilian casualties that were expected to be the result of bombing campaigns during the Second World War. Directed by the Ministry of Health (now the Department of Health), the EHS was dissolved in 1948 with the introduction of the National Health Service.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
1989-272
Materials:
instruments, steel, packing, canvas, packing, cotton and packing, leather
type:
surgical instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
D.H.S.S. (Russell Sq.)