Surgical Kits : Everything the traveling surgeon needed to remove or repair in one handy case
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Surgical Instrument Kit
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Large general surgical instruments in wooden case with brass on corners and a brass plate on top. Instruments include ivory handled scalpels, knives and bistouries, multiple forceps, wooden handled knives, needle holders, a head saw, a trephine, and a bone sawdust brush. There are a few more instruments with unknown uses.
The trephine was used for a procedure called trepanning, where a physician would drill a hole into the patient's head in order to treat intracrannial problems and to relieve pressure. It is still used as a procedure today, although it is not as common. The bone saw was used to make a cut in the head, while the trephine was used to steadily drill a hole in the patient's skull and the brush to brush off the bone dust that would accumulate.
Owned by G R Welchans, M D from Lancaster, PA who may have graduated from med school in 1867.

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