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Rectal speculum, Roman, 199-500 CE

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The lower bowel and rectum were investigated using this bronze rectal speculum. It was also employed in related surgical procedures. It shows the relatively sophisticated instruments used in Roman medicine. Variations on this Roman example are still used. They diagnose diseases as well as being employed in related surgical procedures.

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Related Themes and Topics



Glossary: rectal speculum

Instrument used to dilate the anus or rectum, and throwing light within, thus facilitating examination or surgical operations.

Glossary: clinical diagnosis

A diagnosis given based on the signs and symptoms of a disease.