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Plate from 18th century encyclopedia showing illustrations of various surgical instruments. A surgical instrument is a specially designed tool or device for performing specific actions such as modifying biological tissue, or to provide access for viewing it. Over time, many different kinds of surgical instruments and tools have been invented. Some surgical instruments are designed for general use in surgery, while others are designed for a specific procedure or surgery. Instruments shown include; male and female catheters, bistouries or scalpels, needles, probes and foreceps.
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