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Scarificator, circa 1800

Scarificator, circa 1800

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Single bladed steel and brass spring scarificator, made in Germany around the year 1800. Scarificators such as these were used to create wounds on the surface of the skin, principally for wet cupping procedures. Cupping is a form of bloodletting used to 'treat' a range of ailments by removing excess bodily 'humours' (liquids within the body), which were thought to cause disease.

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