Case for trephination set

Made:
1771-1830 in Paris

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All the equipment needed for trephination – the process by which a hole is surgically made in the head – is in this
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Case for trephination set, by Sirhenry, French, late 18th century to early 19th century

All the equipment needed for trephination – the process by which a hole is surgically made in the head – was contained in this case. This includes the trephines themselves, with their cylindrical blades, a large brace to hold the trephines during drilling, two rugines to remove connective tissue from bones, two lenticulars to depress brain material during surgery, and a brush to remove fine fragments of bone. Sirhenry was a surgical instrument maker based in Paris.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A121486/9
Materials:
brass, leather, metal, textile, wood
Measurements:
overall (open): 240 mm x 327 mm x 300 mm,
type:
trephination set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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