Mechanical scarificators, 19th century

Mechanical scarificators, 19th century

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Caption: Two multibladed mechanical scarificators made from brass and steel. 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). These scarificators are both English and date from around 1850.

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