Mechanical scarificators, 19th century

Mechanical scarificators, 19th century

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Caption: Two cased single-bladed 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 German and date from around 1800.

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