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January 20, 2012

Civil War surgical instruments

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Civil War surgical instruments

Civil War surgeon’s kit containing twenty-one surgical instruments in a walnut case with brass fittings.  The kit was used by William H. Leonard, M.D. of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment, Company F&S.  The instruments have steel hardware and checkered ebony handles.  Contents include: two bone saws; forceps; scalpel; bone nippers; tourniquet with brass compress and red canvas strap; flexible saw blade with linked teeth and detachable handles; surgical wire; two brass scarificators with a detachable handle; and an envelope containing eight suture needles.

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One Response to “Civil War surgical instruments”

  1. Anjanette Says:

    Civil War surgery – ouch!

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