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Cupping Scarifier - Brass, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: HT 2825

Cupping scarifier, brass, in velvet-lined leather case, used for folk medicine procedure of cupping. Spring loaded knives cut skin, warmed metal cup placed over slashes, as it cools it creates a vacuum drawing out the "bad" blood. From the late Dr J A Broben. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited , Parkville, Victoria.
Purple leather-bound cylindrical case. Inside divided into 2 compartments with purple velvet.
Scarifier is brass, cube shaped with screw and lever at back, and release button at side. An adjustible lid fits snugly over the device, with twelve slits in top through which spring-loaded knives may project or retract.
Cup is missing, protective chamois cup cover present.

Use extreme caution when handling.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 8.70 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 17.30 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: alternative medicine, blood analysis, laboratory apparatus
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Research
Tertiary Classification: laboratory equipment
User: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890

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