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I am always looking for HIGH QUALITY MEDICAL ANTIQUES that are either unusual or in cased sets in the categories of Medicine, Dentistry, Quackery, and Pharmacy. All 16th and 17th century instruments are of particular interest, as are any exhibition pieces. If you think you may have an item that would fit into this collection, please let me know. I will be happy to either purchase it at a very good price, or refer you to another collector who may be interested in your antique. I will be happy to give you more information on what you have and/or an estimate of its value. Below is a list of my current specific interests:
* a Seton Clamp.
* a Tobacco Enema Set.
* an Orbitoclast for Prefrontal Lobotomy.
* a Kolff Rotating Drum Dialysis Machine (ca 1943).
If you have anything that will upgrade my collection, or something that will fill a missing spot, please contact me.
The search never ends, and that is the challenge and fascination of collecting medical antiques!
This seton was used in the 18th century for counterirritation. The needle introduced a piece of thread through skin, usually the neck, to create a draining wound to presumably remove evil humours from inside the body.
TOBACCO ENEMA SET
19th century physicians instilled tobacco rectally as a stimulent for a number of medical conditions, most commonly for recussitation from drowning.
ORBITOCLAST FOR LOBOTOMY
This instrument was used by Dr. Walter Freeman in the mid 19th century for prefrontal lobotomy in order to change the behavior of mental patients.
KOLFF DRUM DIALYSIS MACHINE (ca 1943)
Willem Kolff invented the dialysis machine for human use and imported several of these devices into the United States in the early 1940's.