Bloodletting Knife


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Artifact Identification Bloodletting Knife   (1931.05.0002C)
Science & Technology T&E : Medical & Psychological T&E : Medical Instruments
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, Germany
Period/Date 18th century
Culture German
Location On Exhibitin the Central Core exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 5.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 2.9 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.4 cm
Weight 24 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal
Manufacturing Processes Cast, Forging
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N 2.75) -ns Dark Grayish Yellow ( 5 Y 6/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"KNIVES FOR BLOODLETTING. In the eighteenth century doctors continued to use these diabolical instruments to treat almost every illness, with disastrous results. The knives are shown in their actual size." -John Buckler and John McKay, A History of Western Society, (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 633.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Buckler, John, and John McKay. A History of Western Society. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979. McKay, Hill, & Buckler, History of Western Society, p.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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