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An antique monaural stethoscope simply identified in the 19th century surgical instrument catalogues as a cedar stethoscope. The raised area around the hole in the earplate is a distinctive and unusual feature.
A c. 1860 ceramic souvenir
figurine of the original Siamese Twins Eng and Chang. The charming
and primitively molded sculpture was probably made in
A Weiss c. 1850 antique trephine with both narrow and wide crowns. The slots in the crown blade were thought to ease the clogging of the neurosurgery trephine caused by the mixture of bone dust and blood. Note the decorative formed horn handle with rosette finials and the impressed name: WEISS // LONDON. The instrument with its distinctive handle is illustrated in the Weiss catalogue of 1863.
A selection of percussors and pleximeters.
A Civil War date CDV of F. L. Otto Roehrig, Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army. The photo has the backmark of Edward Hipple of Philadelphia. Dr. Roehrig is identified by a caption below the image that states: DR. F.L. OTTO ROEHRIG/ Special Eye and Ear-Surgeon, in the service if the United States Army. This specialist designation has not been seen given to any other Civil War surgeon. Roehrig is shown full pose in uniform with a tinted-green sash worn across the chest indicating that he is the ‘officer of the day.’ A Model 1840 Medical Staff sword is attached to his belt and his kepi is on a side table. There is one citation to Roehrig in the Medical and Surgical History.
A c. 1880 Shrady's saw for subcutaneous section of the thighbone. The instrument was made by Tiemann and has an unusual angular handled cannula within which the saw blade is drawn back-and-forth. This is a specialized saw used...for malposition in case of osseous anchylosis of the hip joint. The saw was invented by George Frederick Shrady (1837-1907), a prominent New York surgeon, a co-founder of the Charaka Club, and the founder of the Medical Record. Shrady saw service in the Civil War, and there are over a dozen citations to him in the Medical & Surgical History. He attended President Grant during his final illness. See Tiemann 1889, p. 111, fig. 1636, and Rutkow, ORp 130.
A c. 1850 bloodletting spring lancet marked: KBLONER. The lancet has an unusually large blade and an ingenious second spring that retracts the blade once it is fired. An adjustable guard controls the depth of the cut.
A cased-set of c. 1850s Dr. Elliot's obstetrical forceps (first pattern of 1858), a perforator, and Dr. Bedford’s blunt hook and guarded crotchet. Each instrument is in fine condition and marked Tiemann. Note that the Dr. Elliot's obstetrical forceps has a sliding and tapered pin built into the inside of one handle. The inside of the opposing handle has a series of holes of varying diameter. Moving the pin adjusts the closure of the forceps. This first pattern Elliot's forceps is not pictured in any of the Tiemann catalogues of the 1870s and '80s. For an image, see Shepard & Dudley's catalogue of 1886, p. 785, fig. 4621, and Hibbard, p. 104, fig. 7.13. Das, pp. 370-71, fig. 463, shows the later modified Elliot's. This pattern perforator is not found in the various Tiemann catalogues or, as of yet, elsewhere.
A G.I. severely wounded at Iwo Jima is prepared for surgery.
A c. 1870s package of S.S. White gold foil for filling a cavity. Several sheets of the original gold foil are present.
An unusual c. 1820 bloodletting spring lancet with two built-in knife blades. The instrument is held together by rivets and friction fittings: no screws are used. It is thought to have been made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
A very well-made c. 1930s binaural stethoscope by Kettner, Berlin. The flexible tubes are unusual in that they are metal, not the typical rubber, indicating that the instrument was made to be used in extreme temperatures. The tubes, the chest piece, the diaphragm, and the earpieces detach by bayonet fasteners. This handsome instrument has a definite Art Deco look to it.
A facsimile hand-illustrated page from an Ottoman Turk book on dentistry. The doctor is using a bow-drill upon the patient. Such bow-drills continued to be used well into the 19th century.
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