the first illustration of surgery, found on the wall of a tomb at the Sakkara cemetery in Memphis (2625-2475 BC, sixth dynasty).
surgical instruments illustrated on the Temple of Sobek and Horus (ca 181-146 BC).
BRONZE ROMAN SCALPEL
2nd century bronze surgical instruments.
AENEAS BEING TREATED
Aeneas (to the left of Venus) is being treated by a physician, 1st century fresco from Pompeii.
1st century instrument recovered at Pompeii.
PERSIAN SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS
from "Altasrif" by Albucasis, 13th century translation.
PERSIAN FINGER SAW
Sts. Cosmas and Damian performing the miraculous transplantation of a leg, by Ambrosius Francken (late 16th century).
Italian 17th century cased surgical set by Fugini, Brescia.
from "Armamentarium Chirurgicum" by J. Scultetus, 1655.
a 17th century forged finger amputation chisel made in the form of a dragon.
a 17th century arterial clamp.
TIBETAN SURGICAL SET
cover, 18th century Tibetan instrument case showing surgery and pulse diagnosis.
various cased Tibetan surgical instruments.
KING HENRY VIII
handing the "Act of Union" to Thomas Vicary uniting barbers and surgeons, oil by Hans Holbein the Younger (1541).
EARLY SURGICAL SUITE
"The Surgeon" 16th century oil on canvas by David Teniers.
KING LOUIS XIV
French King Louis XIV was troubled by a rectal fistula which was repaired by a newly invented lancet.
Aside from the original, this is the only other example of the lancet invented by barber Charles-François Félix in order to repair the anal fistula of French King Loius IV in 1686.
great 16th century physician who was the first to treat surgery as a science..
from "A General System of Surgery" by Laurence Heister (1743).
rare 18th century amputation set by Savigny.
mid 19th century amputation, oil by an unknown artist.
"The Pain of Gout", etching by James Gillray (1799).
a recreation of the first ether device used at the Ether Dome in Boston in 1846.
OPERATION USING ETHER
those present at the first use of ether in Boston gathered for a photo to recreate the event.
John Mudge was an 18th century British surgeon who adapted a tankard to be used as the first inhaler. He used fumes of opium to treat ay number of respiratory diseases. Soon after the discover f ether anesthesia at the Ether Dome in Boston in 1846.
Ombredanne with animal bladder by Drapier, ether drip bottle, mounted ether inhaler by Collin.
Turn of the century chloroform/ether bottles.
CHLOROFORM DRIP BOTTLE
Early 20th century.
surgery with carbolic spray sepsis at Aberdeen by Douglas Guthrie (ca 1900).
antiseptic double-spray device marked Institute de Beaule, late 19th century .
19th century arterial tourniquet to be used for a large limb during surgery.
for upper extremity by Fli Loollini, mid 19th century.
from "Illustrated Manuel of Operative Surgery" by Bernard & Huette (1855).
different sizes of catgut suture material.
16th century from Germany with hooks for display to patients.
illustration of the circular amputation technique from "Traité complet d’anatomie de l’homme," 2nd ed. by J.M. Bourgery, Claude Bernard, and N.H. Jacob (1866-1871).
18th century knife by Price designed for a circular amputation.
flap amputation technique from "Traité complet d’anatomie de l’homme," 2nd ed. by J.M. Bourgery, Claude Bernard, and N.H. Jacob (1866-1871).
from "Armamenarium Chirurgicum" by Joannis Scultetus (1655).
from "Traité complet d’anatomie de l’homme," 2nd ed. (1866–1871) by J.M. Bourgery,
18th century instrument used for breast amputation.
surgical etui by Savigny, 18th century.
19th century surgical ebony/ivory handled surgical compendium.
THE GROSS CLINIC
"The Gross Clinic" by Thomas Eakins (1875) showing his indifference toward aseptic techniques. 8' X 6.5" initially painted to be exhibited at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia but felt to be too graphic at the time to be shown publically. Now on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
THE AGNEW CLINIC
great painting of Dr. David Hayes Agnew, to commemorate his retirement. 7' X 9'10" now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by Thomas Eakins (1889).
the scalpel Dr. Agnew was holding for his painting.
THE AGNEW CLINIC
photograph which was the model for the famous painting.
collection of various amputation saws, mid to late 19th century.
early complex horn handled 19th century chain saw instrument for amputation by Heine.
by Spencer and Crocker (ca 1870).
finger saw, hand carved ivory (ca 1800).
CAPITAL SURGICAL SET
top of the line 4 tier Parker's ivory surgical set by Tiemann, late 19th century.
FOLDING SURGICAL SET
comprehensive 19th century folding surgical set by Tiemann.
exhibition surgical set by Aubry with blued steel, gold and ivory, 19th century.
FOLDING SURGICAL SET
extensive pocket set by Aubry, late 19th century (surgical sharpening strop included).
CENTENNIAL SURGICAL SET
Tiemann exhibition 1876 Centennial surgical set. This set was made by the George Tiemann company to mark their 50th anniversary and the country's centennial celebration. It was exhibited at the World's Fair in Philadelphia which was the first in the US. The mother-of-pearl and gold make this a unique set. Additionally there are 50 rubies with one to mark each year of the Tiemann company.
1876 WORLD'S FAIR
This is the main building of the 1876 World's Fair where the Tiemann surgical set was exhibited.
Won by the Tiemann surgical set at the 1876 World's Fair.
SEATED LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR
Minted in Philadelphia this was the admission price to the 1876 World's Fair.
Admission ticket to see the Tiemann surgical set at the 1876 World's Fair