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Image of the week: surgical instruments, 1561


The above image shows a drawing of surgical tools, from French surgeon Ambroise Paré's La methode curative des playes, et fractures de la teste humaine ("The Method of Treating Wounds and Fractures of the Human Head"), 1561.

This image is No. 1 of 6 in an occasional series showing the evolution of medical instruments over time. The images are presented in collaboration with the London-based Wellcome Trust, whose library features visual collections with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

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