'Polyptome', obstetric tool, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Polyptome in leather bound case, Aveling's, 19th century, plated steel, ebony, case brass, leather and velvet

A polyptome treated tumours or fibroids (non-cancerous growths) within women’s reproductive organs. The tool was also known as a polypus knife. The metal hook-like object with serrated inner edge inserted into the body and removed the growth.

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Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A615371
Materials:
case, brass, case, leather, case, velvet, instrument, ebony, instrument, steel (plated)
Measurements:
instrument: 20 mm x 255 mm
type:
obstetric polyptome

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