cyst were tapped by this trocar to drain the fluid from it thereby
reducing the size of the tumor. Ref: Riccis' Development of
Gyn Surg Inst 1990
A rare pewter vaginal syringe with anthropomorphic nozzle. The
is illustrated in Henry Smith, M.D., The Principles and Practice
of Surgery, 1863, Vol. II, pl. LVIII, fig. 20. The caption
Chase's vaginal syringe. Shield to close the vulva and assist in
retaining the injection. 20 cm in length. Shield 7 cm.
winged knives to widen cervical cannal to accomodate a larger
instrument to pass through the cervix into the uterine cavity such as
the eccraseur to remove endometrial polyp.
19th Century French Clyster / Vaginal Douche Set
clyster pipe from France. Complete with the original metal
box. The irrigant is placed in the metal box. The vaginal douche
syringe is screwed to the box . The tip is made out
of ebony and ivory.
indications for vaginal
1. Pregnant patient with
discharge due to gonorrheal infection
2. Prophylactic vaginal
douche if the
patient is subjected to repeated examination during
3. After first week
of foul smelling lochia
Thomas Denman in
enema to stimulate the uterus for treatment of prolonged labor.
Enemas of linseed or of flour and water were used during
Placenta Previa Forceps
In 1925, Willett
devised a toothed forceps to manage placenta previa. The placenta
was perforated through the vagina and this forceps was attached to the
fetal scalp to create compression to the placenta. Two pounds of
weight was applied to the clamp over a pulley. Ref: De
Lee- Greenhill Obstetrics 9th edition 1947.
Also called the Willet's Scalp Forceps.
Another way for helping get a dead
baby out was to clamp the scalp of the baby and apply traction with a
two pound weight hung over the end of the mother's bed as illustrated
above. Often times the scalp of the baby tore off from the
weight. It was also associated with increased incidence of
maternal infection. Ref:
From Witchcraft to Wisdom. Geoffrey Chamberlain. RCOG Press, 2007.
S. Maw's self suctioning breast
pump in original
box. Handblown glass pump, India rubber host and handblown glass
Forerunner of Modern Day IUDs
These birth control
were sold and advertised as pessaries. They were place in
the cervix with the stem inside the uterine cavity. Visit Fact Files on
A cushion shape disk pessary by
Ideal. The wishbone pessary is marked 14K solid gold and it comes
with its original box and sliding cover.
Medical instruments from the
end of the 19th
century through early 1900's, include descriptions of "pessaries" that
resemble modern IUD (Intrauterine device). The existence of
laws that prohibit the use of the mails for contraceptive devices may
been the reason for the false advertisement. See
also Fact Files on this web.
stem was inserted
into the uterine cavity to correct the malpositioned uterus. These
were precursors of the present day IUD (Intra-Uterine
3 cm height, 2 cm base
Plated Steel Intra-Uterine
Spring stem 7 cm length, 2cm base.
c Early 1900s
||Lee's Membrane Perforator
amniotomy instrument with a crosshatched ebony and carved ivory handle.
Pressure on the thumb piece pushes a spring loaded sharp pointed
was blamed for several female problems. Before the advent of
in mid 1800s attempts were made to correct the malady by
means. From 1830s thru the late 1800s, two devices were utilized
to restore uterine position. Because of the resulting severe
the instruments were seldom used.
employing a short mobile uterine rod used to align a malpositioned
Nickel plated metal with checkered ebony handle. 31 cm. Fig 3427,
device placed in the vagina with the red end on the inverted uterus,
the other end was tied with straps to keep it in place and thus correct
the chronic uterine invertion.
Sponge tents were
used as a uterine cervical dilators to relieve severe menstrual
in the late 19th Century. The sponge tents are slender
piece of compressed material made up of porous skeleton of certain
animal. It expands gradually from fluid absorption while in the
Serious uterine infections often resulted from the treatment.
to divide the pubic bone to accomplish delivery of the fetus on
labor. It was first performed by J.R. Sigault in 1777. (Sometimes
called the Sigaultian Operation). Reintroduced by Morisani
of Naples in 1866, in France by Spinelli in 1891. Introduced in
Circa Early 1900
a sickle shaped bistoury used to cut pubic bone joint , the procedure
called pubiotomy or hebotomy
a union of the pubic bone was mistakenly regarded as a cause of
labor. The surgical separation of the pubic bone called
was in fashion one time and in competition with Cesarean section in the
mid 1800 through early 1900. Although the United States abandoned
the procedure because of the mutilation it did to the mother, European
and South American accoucheurs continued to perform these horrible
up to the mid 20th Century.
By Dr. John Freind
Latin translated in English (long
A book about menstruation.