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

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4 Comments

  1. Yes – absolutely correct Kevin
    One of the disadvantages of this devise was that it sometimes loosened the teeth adjacent to the “target”

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