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Post mortem set

Item details

Object number M-996
Manufacturer Precision
Place England
Date 1910
Donor Dr J North
Category Surgical tools and equipment
Material Nickel plated, Wooden case


Post mortems were first conducted in the early 1800s, mainly to determine whether the physician’s diagnosis of the patient when alive was correct. They also allowed physicians to learn more about internal signs and symptoms of diseases.

The instruments found in post mortem sets vary but most, even today, have a heavy hammer, a saw, scalpels, clips and dissecting scissors as found in this old set.  This set is likely to have also contained a chisel, forceps, retractors, suture needles and a blowpipe (used to inflate arteries and veins).