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Uterine curette, England, 1871-1900

A curette takes samples from the uterus, vagina or rectum. This is done to diagnose diseases such as cancer. The curette consists of a long hollow shaft ending in a small spoon-shaped scoop. This was passed into the uterus and a sample scraped from the uterine wall. The instrument’s design has changed little over time. It is still used today.

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