Mechanical scarificators, circa 1780-1900

Mechanical scarificators, circa 1780-1900

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Caption: A collection of single and multibladed mechanical scarificators. These include examples from England, France and Germany and they date from between 1780 and 1900. Instruments such as these were designed to create wounds on the surface of the skin, principally for wet cupping procedures. Cupping is a form of bloodletting historically used to 'treat' a range of ailments by removing surplus bodily 'humours' (fluids within the body).

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