The Treasure Chest

The Treasure Chest will be updated six times a year to introduce a new Special Collection treasure.

U. S. Civil War Era Surgical Tool Kit

 

 

 

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This kit was bought and given to the Special Collection department by William H. Brantley.

The following items are included in the kit.

A: Capital Saw: an instrument used to cut large bones.

B: Artery Forceps (tweezers): used for holding tissue or arteries to prevent bleeding.

C: Metacarpal Saw: an instrument used to cut small bones. This saw was stored underneath the capital saw in the case.

D: Tenaculum: a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding tissue or arteries.

E: Undetermined

Resources

Brinton, John H. Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton: Civil War Surgeon, 1861-1865. Carbondale Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.

Denney, Robert E. Civil War Medicine : Care & Comfort of the Wounded. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c1994.

Gillett, Mary C. The Army Medical Department, 1818-1865. Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, U.S. Army, 1987.

Medicine in the Civil War. National Park Service. February 20, 2006. http://www.nps.gov/gett/gettkidz/doctor.htm .

Welsh, Jack D. Medical Histories of Confederate Generals. Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, 1995.