Two 19th-Century Bladder Trocars: one Cock’s-type

Two 19th-Century Bladder Trocars: one Cock’s-type

$195.00

Dimensions

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Circa

1860s

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments

Description

Introduced  in the 1850s, Cock’s curved trocar for tapping the bladder “per rectum” was widely adopted and still in use early in the 20th century. This surgery was performed  to relieve the bladder from over-distention. In his THE MECHANICS OF SURGERY (1899:546) Truax noted that with regard to tapping the bladder per rectum: “The surgery is usually performed with a curved trocar, although straight trocars are occasionally employed.”  The second trocar we are offering is of that type. Both have ebony handles and the blades and cannulas appear to be silver. We have not tested them.  As for country of origin, the trocars were found in the USA but are likely French: see  Mathieu surgical set listed on Fleaglass by Alexandre Piffault with a near-identical Cock’s trocar–link follows.

A large Mathieu surgical set, circa 1879/1880

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US M&R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for almost four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: mgordon1940@gmail.com or 718-623-6777