Scales used in mortuary

Made:
1950 in United Kingdom

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Mortuary crane scales by Salter, Ca.1950. Typical model of mid-1950s. It was probably acquired second hand from a maternity ward as was common practice. These models are still made today (2017).

Post-mortem scales are used by pathologists during autopsy, the last opportunity to ‘question the dead’ and establish the cause of a death. During a post-mortem, an organ is examined within the body before being removed, weighed and inspected in further detail. An unexpected weight might indicate disease or an abnormality, providing further evidence to explain a body’s cause of death.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
2018-471
Materials:
glass and metal (unknown)
type:
scales
credit:
Ashford and St Peter's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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