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Antique Portable Lancet Kit 3D Model
Bloodletting was a common medical technique utilized until the end of the 19th century, though its roots can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The medical procedure was used as a means to help combat disease with the belief that it could help reduce inflamation and bring balance to the body. The procedure was often carried out with a sharp lancet, or, in times following its introduction in the mid 17th century, multi-bladed bleeders called scarificators. The lancet was the most primtive - and most popular - of the bloodletting tools, and consisted of a small sharp blade that could pierce the skin to a vein. This would allow blood to flow freely from the incision. The most comparable item to the lancet in modern times is the common scalpel.
On loan to the Ruth Lilly Medical Library from the private collection of Dr. Leo J. McCarthy.