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Lancet Case
Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History

Lancet Case

Catalog #: 1977.0789.036    Accession #: 1977.0789
Credit: Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 3" H x 1.5" W x 0.5" D

Physical Description

Green sharkskin with silver trim. Thumb lancet inside.

General History

There was a vast array of hardware associated with bloodletting, but the most common item used was a lancet. A lancet was small, sharp, two-edged knife. Using a lancet required much skill as one false move could cut a nerve or tendon.


Keywords

Country: United States
Eras: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763), Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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