The practice of bloodletting, also known as "Phlebotomy," is an ancient practice likely dating back to the time of the Egyptians, though possibly even earlier. Intentionally drawing blood from a patient was thought to prevent or even cure illness and disease. It wasn't until ancient Greece that Hippocrates established bloodletting as a new system of medicine known as "Humorism," which detailed the makeup of the human body as having four distinct bodily fluids, called "Humors." The four humors of Hippocratic medicine are Black Bile, Yellow Bile, Phlegm, and Blood. The balance of these humors was considered to be the basis of illness or health; therefore, in order to control and restore balance, a physician would often remove blood from the patient by use of a bloodletting tool.

 

An excellent example from the Victorian Era of medicine. This bloodletting scalpel has a sterling silver handle, covered with ornate flowers and Victorian design. The blade, made from surgical steel and still quite sharp, has a double edge, each side being used for a special purpose. This is a very rare surgical instrument, and is in superb condition.

Sterling Silver Scalpel / Bleeder, 19th Century

SKU: MI05
$200.00 Regular Price
$150.00Sale Price