Amussat type intrauterine dilator with syringe for injection

Made:
1865-1875 in Paris
maker:
Collin et Compagnie

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Amussat type intra-uterine dilator with syringe for injection. Made by Collin, Paris, France, c. 1870. From the Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection

Instruments such as this dilated (widened) the cervix. This was usually as part of a diagnostic investigation or to assist medical treatment. The dilator is made of steel and ebony. Its central syringe device allowed intrauterine injection. Dilation was believed to be therapeutic in some conditions. Many such instruments were developed from the mid-1800s.

This fine example was manufactured by Collin of Paris, France.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A606212
Materials:
ebony and steel
type:
dilator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument