Flushing curette, Europe, 1871-1900

Made:
1871-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Curette, flushing, Rheinstadter, steel, European, late 19th century

Samples from the uterus, vagina or rectum are taken using a curette. 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.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A610275
Measurements:
scoop: 15 mm x 15 mm x 15 mm,
type:
curette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument

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