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Surgical instrument set, London, England, 1851-1855

This surgical instrument set belonged to Dr Usher Williamson Evans (1823-1912). Dr Evans volunteered for surgical work early in the Crimean War (1853-1856). On his arrival in the Crimea, it was noted by Florence Nightingale that Evans had some experience of hospital administration back in Britain. This then became his priority and occupied most of his time in the Crimea. It may explain why this set appears to have been rarely used.

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Glossary: surgical instrument set

Set of instruments to be used for surgery. A physician would often build up their own collection of favoured tools in order to feel as comfortable as possible when carrying out surgery.