THE CONVERGENT GRASPING-HOOK OF CHASSAIGNAC
Stock Number: 8475
For sale, antique French surgical instrument, an "erigne," was designed for ligature of hemorrhoids and removal of tumors. It has internal snares, opened and closed from the exterior. An ingenious device.
11-1/8 inches (28.5 cm)
Country of manufacture
THE CONVERGENT GRASPING-HOOK OF CHASSAIGNAC, French, c. 1875, made with polished steel fingers, “maillechort” metal guidetube and ferrule, and shaped ebony handle, with overall length of 11-1/8″ (28.5 cm). It has internal snares, opened and closed by sliding its outer guide tube. Condition is fine and functional throughout, noting a hairline crack in the handle. Charles Marie Edouard Chassaignac (1805 – 1879) was surgeon in Paris; various instruments (notably his “ecraseur”), surgical operations, and anatomical parts bear his name. His “erigne” offered here was used to grasp and elevate the area to be treated or excised, especially recommended for ligature of hemorrhoids and removal of tumors.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected]
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