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Trocar - Metal, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 850142

Summary:
Surgical instrument consisting of a sharp stylet enclosed in a tube (cannula) and inserted through the wall of a body cavity: the stylet is withdrawn permitting fluid to drain off through the tube. Suggested that it was used for ovariotomies in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia circa 1930. May have been used for the removal of fluid from the ovary so that ovarian tumours could be surgically removed.
Description:
Trocar with inner cannula for ovariotomy. Trocar is a brass tube with a sharply pointed, tubular steel blade on one end. The other end has an open- ended cap with a slit that leads down from the rim. The movement of the cannula, a brass tube which slides down inside the trocar, is controlled by the complicated path of the slit at the top of the trocar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 131 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: psychiatric hospitals, surgical apparatus instruments, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Surgery
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1930
References: card with exhibit. Down Bros. and Mayer & Phelps Ltd. "Surgical Instruments appliances and hospital Equipment" Vol.2, London 1955.

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