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Corrigan's button, c 1850.

Corrigan's button, c 1850.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This cautery instrument is of a type devised in 1846 by Sir Dominic Corrigan (1802-1880). Made of steel and wood, it was manufactured by Read of Dublin, Ireland. Cautery irons were red-hot like branding irons, and were applied to burn and seal bleeding areas, such as skin ulcers and amputation stumps.

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