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Surgical instruments for obstetrical and gynecological procedures
    • Setting:
      Room X
    • Inventor:
      Giovanni Alessandro Brambilla
    • Maker:
      Joseph Malliard
    • Place:
    • Date:
      second half 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      instruments: steel, ivory, rubber / boxes: wood, leather, velvet
    • Dimensions:
      450x335x145; 530x400x90; 415x310x95 mm
    • Inventory:
      Dep. OSMN, Firenze
    • Surgical instruments for obstetrical and gynecological procedures (Dep. OSMN, Firenze)

The surgical instrument kit for obstetrical procedures designed by Giovanni Alessandro Brambilla comprises two drawers, both labeled PRO PARTU:

No. XV, with dilators, forceps, pincers, and speculum to dilate the uterus for exploration;

No. XVI with pelvimeter, forceps, hooks, head extractor, blunt hook, syringe, and lever.

The gynecological instruments are in the drawer

no. XVII, PRO POLYPIS MATRICIS, which contains the implements needed to remove utero-vaginal polyps with, at the center, a dilator for extracting gallstones.

The instruments were made by the cutler Joseph Malliard.