Rectal speculum, Roman, 199-500 CE

Made:
199-500 CE in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Rectal speculum, bronze, Roman, from Capparoni and Gorga collections

The lower bowel and rectum were investigated using this bronze rectal speculum. It was also employed in related surgical procedures. It shows the relatively sophisticated instruments used in Roman medicine. Variations on this Roman example are still used. They diagnose diseases as well as being employed in related surgical procedures.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A645719
type:
rectal speculum
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • speculum
credit:
Gorga, Evangelista