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Trepanning set, English, c 1750s.

Trepanning set, English, c 1750s.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Trepanning is the removal of a piece of bone from the skull. The instruments are of a type introduced by Samuel Sharp (1700-1778) of Guy's Hospital, who wrote 'Treatise on the operation of surgery' (1739). The box is identical to those used by the London scientific instrument maker Benjamin Martin (1704-1782).

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