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Horsley's Skull Trephine

Description

Complete with detachable T-handle. 1 inch diameter trephine in this instance, but instrument could be obtained with 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch diameter trephines. Nickel plated.

A trephine is a medical device used to burr a hole into the patient's skull. This trephine dates from 1890-1940, and would have been turned manually to make a cut into the skull. This procedure would allow the surgeon to access the brain without removing the entire skull bone.

Date

c. 1890-1940

Identifier

2006/7.37

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

11.6 x 11.3 cm

Materials

Metal

Horsley's Skull Trephine

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

11.6 x 11.3 cm

Materials

Metal

Files

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Collection

Citation

“Horsley's Skull Trephine,” Heritage, accessed December 10, 2018, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/113.