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Surgical instrument set, mid 19th century.

Surgical instrument set, mid 19th century.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


A set of surgical instruments made by Richardson of Edinburgh. As high temperature sterilization became widespread surgical instruments were made of steel to withstand the heat of the procedure; however many of the instruments in this set have wooden handles.

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