Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History
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
Green sharkskin with silver trim. Thumb lancet inside.
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.
Country: United States
Eras: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763), Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)