Set of scalpels, circa 1860

Set of scalpels, circa 1860

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Caption: Set of ivory handled scalpels for eye surgery. The nineteenth century was an era of great progress in eye surgery, it saw the first operative treatment of glaucoma (a condition affecting the pressure within the eye which can lead to blindness) and the introduction of cocaine as a local anaesthetic for ophthalmic procedures. These instruments date from 1860, England.

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