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Knife - Politzer's Myringotomy, Metal, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 850003

Summary:
Used for surgical incision of the eardrum to relieve pressure and allows drainage of fluid from an inflamed middle ear. Used in mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1930. This is an example of surgical equipment used in Victorian mental health hospitals.
Description:
is a flat thin shaft with rounded end. Curved, thin, roundshaft with a flat pointed, diamond-shape blade on end.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 17 mm (Height), 7 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: ears, 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.

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