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Richet-type forceps, Paris, France, 1851-1900

These forceps were used to grip growths in the uterus and can be held in position by means of a mechanism on the handle. Richet was a French doctor and it was not uncommon for instrument makers to improve and invent new objects – which then carried their name. This item was purchased when the surgical instrument makers, Charrière, Collin and Gentile, sold their collection in 1978.

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Related Themes and Topics



Glossary: forceps

A pliers-like medical instrument used to grasp tissue.

Glossary: gynaecology

A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.