Bloodletting : A Cure or a Curse
Object ID Number:
EH10490
Object Name:
Scarificator
Date of Manufacture:
– 19th to 20th Century
Manufactured from:
1700
Manufactured to:
1900
Description / History:
Square brass scarificator. Spring scarificators were used to make quick parallel slits in the patient's skin. The patient would then bleed out into a bleeding cup until the doctor retrieved the desired amount of blood.
This square scarificator was very popular in the US until around 1790, when octagonal scarificators took their place. The square style stayed popular in Germany throughout the 1800s.
Dimensions:
H–1.5 W–2 L–2.5 inches
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