Edinburgh Mystery Object

(from Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Edinburgh)

One of the earliest published descriptions of this instrument (possibly the earliest),  was by a famous Scottish surgeon-anatomist who collected examples from other surgeons and made modifications.

What is the instrument called, what was it used for and who was the surgeon ?

Clue – his portrait hangs in  Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, venue of the BSHM September Congress

submitted by Iain Macintyre


Mystery apparatus

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An apparatus made from barrels played an important public health role in the early 20th century.

What is the name of the apparatus shown in these photos ?

Where and when was it used?    What was it used for?

There is a clue in the second photo which is a reconstruction, not the original,  made by the National Museum of Valjevo,

the photos are taken from http://www.valjevo-hospital.org/  with permission.