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Suturing machine, United States, 1943

Suturing is used to stitch wounds closed during surgery. The bobbins were used to hold the suturing material, normally made of nylon, that unwound when needed. The needles are made of chromium plated steel and could withstand the high temperatures required to sterilise instruments. The ends of the needles are octagonal to improve the grip of the instrument on the machine. This suturing machine was made by the Singer Manufacturing Company, which is most famous for making sewing machines.

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Glossary: sterilisation

To make an object free of live bacteria or other micro-organisms. Usually achieved by heat or chemical means.