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Vaginal speculum, Roman, 100 BCE-400 CE

This bronze vaginal speculum was found in the Lebanon. However, it is thought to be a Roman example. The screw part is modern. It shows the relatively sophisticated instruments used in Roman medicine. It was inserted into the body. The screw was then rotated to expand the distance between the blades. Gynaecologists now use similar instruments to diagnose genito-urinary diseases. They are also employed in related surgical procedures.

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Glossary: vaginal speculum

Instrument for dilating the vagina, and throwing light within thus facilitating examination or surgical operations

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: gynaecology

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