Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.

Richardson, Claire

Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Description

Laminaria tents are a genus of kelp or seaweed which when dried has the ability to absorb water and expand with considerable force. They expand gradually to up to four times their original diameter, and are used to dilate the uterine cervical canal.

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