Single blade scarificator, 18th century

Single blade scarificator, 18th century

C017/3574

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Caption

Single-bladed spring scarificator, made from steel. This instrument was 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). This scarificator is continental and dates from 1780.

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