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A c. 1860 antique amputation saw by Julius Tiencken, New York.  It is probable that this ebony-handled bow saw  was originally in a Civil War U.S.A. Hospital Department or Medical Department surgical set.  See Edmonson, p. 235.

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A c. 1870 antique monaural stethoscope turned from a single piece of fruitwood.

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A c. 1860 Churchill's obstetrical forceps by Dick, Glasgow.  This forceps was introduced c. 1840, and it has elongated blades and no pelvic curve.   See Hibbard, pp. 87-88, and Bennion, p. 313.

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A refined and superb late 19th century antique Chinese doctor's lady carved from a single piece of elephant ivory.  According to the Wellcome Medical Museum, an ivory doctor’s lady was taken by a servant to the doctor as an aid in diagnosing an illness of the mistress.  Other sources indicate that doctors, themselves, would bring such a medical doll when making a house call.  During the Ch’ing Dynasty (1644-1912), a doctor could not directly examine a female patient.  Similar doctor's dolls are on display in the Wellcome.  This medical diagnostic figure is of a significantly higher quality than the examples typically seen for sale.  7.5 inches long.

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A c. 1900 binaural stethoscope by Maw, London.  The earpieces and the finger rest are genuine elephant ivory.

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A c. 1900 antique binaural University stethoscope with cloth-covered tubes and a hard rubber bell.  The tension spring makes this a rather rare variant of the University, which, in itself, is an improvement upon the Cammann stethoscope.

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A c. 1780 antique obstetrical fetal destruction crotchet with pistol grip handle. 

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A c. 1840 craniotomy forceps by Weiss, London.  This antique obstetric instrument pre-dates the Weiss catalogue of 1863.

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A photograph of a Russian doctor with monaural stethoscopes, c. 1930.

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A c. 1870 Burrows' antique monaural stethoscope of turned-wood with an ebony finish.  The earplate unscrews from the sound tube.  This antique medical instrument has a handsome profile and a patina acquired from honest use over many years.

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A high quality c. 1900 hypodermic syringe set by Smale Brothers, London.  There are three different needle holding fittings, one needle retaining fitting, and four glass vials that contain hypodermic and dental needles and wire clean-outs.

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