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Bicorn velour hat, Paris, France, 1850-1910

Decorated with a cockade and ostrich feathers, this velour hat was worn by Georges Dieulafoy (1839-1911), a famous French surgeon, physician and pathologist. A number of medical conditions are named after him and he also invented a variety of instruments – most notably an aspirator for removing liquid from the pleura which surround the lungs. Hats like this one were worn by members of academic and scientific societies.

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Glossary: hat

Shaped coverings for the head having a brim and crown, or one of the two.

Glossary: pleura

The membranes covering the lungs and the inner cavity

Glossary: aspirator

A device for removing liquids or gases from a body cavity through suction.