Surgical instrument case and instruments, 1650- 1700, English. The case is made of silver mounted shagreen (fish skin), bearing the arms of the Barber Surgeons’ Company. The instruments consist of scissors, a tongue depressor, forceps, probes, and lancets. The double-edged blades of the lancets are placed between tortoise-shell covers with inverted screws, they were used for opening veins for blood letting. The various sizes and shapes of lancet were used on veins of different sizes or locations.


Illustrations of surgical instruments by Nicolas-Henri Jacob for Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery, who in 1830

“began work on Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme comprenant la médecine operatoire, a masterpiece on human anatomy that was published in eight volumes.

Bourgery worked on the atlas until his death in 1849, with the last volume being published posthumously. The finished work contained 2108 pages of folio-sized text and 726 hand-colored lithographs. The illustrative work was performed by Nicolas-Henri Jacob (1782–1871), who was a student of famed painter Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825).

“The first five volumes of Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme dealt with descriptive anatomy; volumes six and seven covered surgical anatomy; and the last volume discussed general and philosophical anatomy. It is considered to be one of the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated anatomical works ever published.”


Removing a HUGE kidney Stone!

Roman Bronze Castration Tongs, 1st-4th Century AD

Two arms hinged and closed by a screw nut form an oval-like ring, accompanied by the serrated teeth of two longer arms. The penis was kept out of harm’s way by insertion through the oval, while the teeth sliced away the skin between the scrotum and the body.


USA Hospital Department Civil War Surgery Set by Dietrich W Kolbe

This example is a mahagony cased brass bound four tier field set with double sliding military latches. The brass plaque is missing but would have been inscribed USA Hospital Department. Instruments are marked Kolbe/Phila and both large bone forceps are marked USA Hosp. Dep’t. It contains the usual instruments expected for field use in war-large amputation knives, capitol saw, urethral sounds and urinary catheters, trephine, bullet forceps and probe. The bullet forceps have a open earlier design for the index finger. The total instrument count for the set is 47.

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Imagine that you are blind. You’ve lost your sight and family during Loki’s attack on earth four years ago. You despise him and have fantasized about giving him what he deserves. But, a few months after the incident, you’ve met a charming boy who goes by Lok. During the course of a few years he has warmed your heart, taught you how to forgive, love and feel happy again. Now it’s 2016 and with the advancement of technology came a surgical cure for blindness. You decide to do the procedure in hopes of being able to see Lok’s face. After a few weeks your eyes have healed enough for you to see. You soon rued ever opening your eyes because standing before you wasn’t the sweet boy you’ve come to love, but the very god who had slain your family.