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

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consisting of a sharp stylet enclosed in a tube (cannula) and inserted through the wall of a body cavity: the stylet is withdrawn permitting fluid to drain off through the tube.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.
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)

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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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