Uterine curette, England, 1871-1900

Made:
1871-1900 in London
maker:
Krohne and Sesemann

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Curette, uterine steel, copper-plated handle, by Krohne and Sesemann, English, late 19th century

A curette takes samples from the uterus, vagina or rectum. This is done to diagnose diseases such as cancer. The curette consists of a long hollow shaft ending in a small spoon-shaped scoop. This was passed into the uterus and a sample scraped from the uterine wall. The instrument’s design has changed little over time. It is still used today.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A610272
type:
curette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument