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2001/3/5 Urethrotomy surgical instruments, comprising sheathed needle, knives (3) in a boxed set, metal / wood / leatherette, made by Allen & Hanburys Ltd, London, England, 1920-1970. Click to enlarge.

Urethrotomy surgical instruments in case

Made
An urethrotome is a fine instrument used in a surgical operation to cut a stricture in the urethra, the tube through which urine passes from the bladder to the outside. An urethral stricture is a fibrous narrowing of the urethra usually resulting from injury or infection. A patient with such a stricture will have increasing difficulty in passing urine.

This urethrotomy set augments the Powerhouse Museum's collection of surgical instruments.

Megan Hicks
Curator December 2000

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Summary

Object No.

2001/3/5

Object Statement

Urethrotomy surgical instruments, comprising sheathed needle, knives (3) in a boxed set, metal / wood / leatherette, made by Allen & Hanburys Ltd, London, England, 1920-1970

Physical Description

Urethrotomy surgical instruments in case. This set of instruments consists of a narrow sheath and three fine knives which can be passed down the sheath. They are designed for performing an urethrotomy, an operation in which a stricture in the urethra is cut. The hinged box is covered with black leatherette and lined with green.

Marks

Maker's name on inside of box, stamped in gold 'ALLEN & HANBURYS LTD / LONDON'

Dimensions

Height

40 mm

Width

334 mm

Depth

75 mm

Production

Notes

The instruments were made by Allen & Hanburys, London, England.

The date 1920-1970 is a curator estimate.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Dr Bryan Gandevia, 2001

Acquisition Date

15 January 2001

Cite this Object

Harvard

Urethrotomy surgical instruments in case 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/9970>

Wikipedia

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