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Surgical instruments for operations on the skull
    • Setting:
      Room X
    • Inventor:
      Giovanni Alessandro Brambilla
    • Maker:
      Joseph Malliard
    • Place:
    • Date:
      second half 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      instruments: steel, ivory / boxes: wood, leather, velvet
    • Dimensions:
      430x375x80; 470x385x85; 480x355x80; 390x260x100 mm
    • Inventory:
      Dep. OSMN, Firenze
    • Surgical instruments for operations on the skull (Dep. OSMN, Firenze)

Four drawers of the surgical instrument kit designed by Giovanni Alessandro Brambilla contain instruments for operations on the skull:

No. V, PRO FRACTURA CRANI—instruments for treating skull fractures (scrapers, knives, hooks, levers, tweezers, clamps, hammer);

No. VI, TRAPANUM—trepanation instruments;

No. XXX, SCALPELA ANOTOMICA—dissection instruments (cutters, saw, lever);

No. XXXI, PRO INIECTIONE—supplements no. XXX, with syringes and cannules for injecting fluids in the vessels of a corpse. The last two drawers thus comprise the anatomical instrumentation.

The instruments were made by the cutler Joseph Malliard.