Object of the Month: February 2018

Petz Surgical Stapler modified by Neuffer, Aesculap (sold by Brothers Cizek, Prague), 1935-1945 The use of staplers in surgery begun in the early 20th century. The first surgical sewing machines were operated with one hand and user primarily to close skin wounds. In 1908, the Hungarian surgeon Homer Hültl (1868-1940) presented his „apparatus for suturing […]

Object of the Month: January 2018

Albarello, a ceramic pharmacy vessel Double-belly jar for preserving ointments, with a wide grooved rim for fastening a leather or parchment lid, probably Italy, 18 century Dark brown Egyptian ointment (unguento aegiciaco, Kupfersauerhonig)  was produced by mixing vinegar, raw honey and verdigris and boiling the mixture over mild fire. The ointment had to be stored in a closed vessel […]