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Surgical kit, ca. 1770

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Surgical kit, ca. 1770 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 5, page 139-141.

This Revolutionary era surgical kit contains a metal tongue depressor, a tortoise shell cased knife, scissors, a suture needle, and two probes.

There were no hospitals on the Maine frontier. Doctors made house calls, and often treated patients in unsanitary conditions with unsterilized surgical tools.