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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Photographs of William W. Keen’s successful operation to remove a brain tumor from a 26-year old patient, 1887. The patient was a carriage maker who exhibited symptoms of severe headaches, seizures, and partial blindness; he also had a history of a head injury and was prone to aphasia.
Owing to Keen’s demands at that proper antiseptic measures were taken for the operation (including removing the carpet and cleaning walls and ceiling), the tumor was removed after a two hour operation. Despite some complications with wound closure and cerebrospinal fluid leak, the patient lived for thirty years, even donating his brain to his surgeon for anatomical study.
Journal of the American Medical Association, 1918.