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George Hayward's Surgical Kit

George Hayward's Surgical Kit
The traveling surgical kit seen here -- less than eight inches long -- belonged to George Hayward, a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital surgical staff from 1826 to 1851. Before Joseph Lister introduced antiseptic surgical practices in the 1860s, many surgical instruments had ivory or ebony handles. Later surgical instruments were usually made entirely of steel, which was more easily sterilized.

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