Forceps - Wilde's Entropian, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 850148

Used to hold and prevent bleeding in the surgical removal of an entropian (an inward folding of the eyelid) of patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia circa 1950. Entropians can be congenital.
Lower end is shaped like a pair of tweezers with rounded end. The head of one is a curved, horizontal, oval plate, with convex side inward. The head of the other is a very fine frame, the same shape with concave side inward. Just below the head of the forceps there is a screw running between the blades and out through a hole in one. On the outside is a button-shaped nut used to adjust and hold the blades at the required angle. There is a ridged finger grip halfway up each blade.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: eyes, 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, by 1950
References: card with exhibit.

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