Items Tagged Irritants

Seton Needle

ACCESSION NUMBER: 1986.6.8 Object Name: Seton Needle Manufacturer: Unknown Date Made: 1830-1870 MeSH Code: Medical Subject Headings Needles-Suture techniques ARTEFACT DESCRIPTION Seton needles first became popular in the 15th century as a means of producing counter-irritation.  This approach to medical … Continue reading


ACCESSION NUMBER: 1930.5.1 Object Name: Lebenswecker Manufacturer: unknown Date Made: 1870-1899 MeSH Code: Medical Subject Headings Irritants; Quackery ARTEFACT DESCRIPTION Carl Baunscheidt (1809-1873), a German mechanic and inventor, first produced the lebenswecker in 1848.  Translated most directly as “life awakener”, … Continue reading


ACCESSION NUMBER: 996010001 Object Name: Scarificator Manufacturer: Unknown Date Made: Late 19th century MeSH Code: Medical Subject Headings Bloodletting — instrumentation; Bloodletting — scarificator ARTEFACT DESCRIPTION By the 19th century, the scarificator was an essential tool in the practice of … Continue reading