A set for the aspiring doctor or social history enthusiast in your life!

Roman medical practice was heavily based off of Greek medicine, however they didn’t adopt this practice until the arrival of the God Asclepius  in 291 BC. They combined spiritual belief with physical observations, such as through dissection. Galen is perhaps the most famous Roman doctor, and he regularly completed dissections such as those of monkeys. It’s likely the tools he used would not have been dissimilar to these!

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C. 100-200 AD. Roman. A medical set comprising an iron scalpel with silver handle, copper alloy tweezers, mixing spoon and probe/hook, as well as a rectangular green stone palette for mixing medicinal substances. These instruments may have been used as surgical tools. However, they also were used for mixing and applying medicines, as doctors were often expected to fulfil the roles of both a physician and a pharmacist in the Roman world. For more information on Roman medical equipment, see, for example, Jackson, Ralph, and Susan La Niece. “A Set of Roman Medical Instruments from Italy.” Britannia 17 (1986). Excellent condition; arranged on a custom stand.

Size: L:Set of 5: 75 – 160mm / W:15 – 100mm ; 310g

Provenance: Property of a central London Ancient Art Gallery; previously obtained from a British private collection formed in the 1980s.

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