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suture packages; box

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Dates
1950
circa 1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1975.8.31 a-l
Description
Sterile silk sutures in sealed plastic bags: two 740-P 6-0, one 912 P 4-0, one 352-P 4-0, one 226 P 1; three hypodermic needles with thin metal wire for cleaning; all in a cardboard box.
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Accession Number
1975.8.31 a-l
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
Sterile silk sutures in sealed plastic bags: two 740-P 6-0, one 912 P 4-0, one 352-P 4-0, one 226 P 1; three hypodermic needles with thin metal wire for cleaning; all in a cardboard box.
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a-c - hypodermic needles
d-h - packets of gut
i-l - wire sutures in bags
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Hugh Gilchrist, executor of Dr. McCosh's estate (Toronto); owned and used by Dr. J.T. McCosh of the University of Toronto.
Maker
Deknatel
Site Made (City)
? Village
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1950
circa 1950
Material
metal: silver
plastic: clear
cardboard: beige; grey
paper: white; black
fabric: black
Inscriptions
One of the packages has: "Deknatel Black Braided Silk, USP // . . . // 912 P TWELVE 18" STRANDS 4-0 // . . ."; the other packets have similar marks.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-12
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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instrument case

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Dates
1918
circa 1918
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire s…
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Accession Number
1966.11.2 a-g
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Military Medicine
Description
Rectangular black leather instrument case (a) which folds in three parts and has a metal snap closure; blue felt lining with two flaps attached at top and bottom of center area with tape; center segment has a leather band across which holds in place two sets of Michel's suture clips (f-g) on wire supports; there are eight of the larger (1.7 cm) clips and four of the smaller (1.5 cm) clips; also included underneath one of the felt clips are three paper envelopes for scalpel blades of various sizes (b-d) and one wax paper envelope containing a scalpel blade (e); owner's name applied to back of case via fabric tape.
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - case - Size (closed): Length 19.6 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
b - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.7 cm x Width 1.9 cm
c - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.5 cm x Width 1.9 cm
d - envelope - Size (closed): Length 6.4 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - envelope - Size (folded): Length 6.7 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 0.09 cm
f - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
g - set of Michel's suture clips - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Walter Little Carruthers; donated to the Academy of Medicine, which later donated it to the Museum of Health Care.
Site Made (Country)
(b-c) USA; (e) England
Dates
1918
circa 1918
Date Remarks
Dr. Carruthers was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 1918 and discharged in August of 1918
Material
leather: black, brown
fabric: navy, cream, black
metal: black, grey, yellow
paper: green, cream, black, red
Inscriptions
On back of case (a): "W. L. CARRUTHERS // LIEUT. // R. C. A. M. C."; on back of front snap: "903 . PAT [illegible, might be "L E"]"; on back of top snap: "C_F_Co // U. S. F."; front of envelope (b): "6 BLADES // SIZE 10 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE // BARD-PARKER // COMPANY // INC. // New York"; back of envelope on flap: "MADE IN U. S. A."; front of envelope (c): "6 BLADES // SIZE 11 // BARD // PARKER // KNIFE"; back of envelope: "Made in U.S.A."; front of envelope (d): "No 21"; back of envelope: "FINEST // SURGEON'S // BLADE"; on blade at base: "21"; on blade (e) at base: "D"; by blade: "GILETTE // MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-16
Condition Remarks
#2: Leather on (a) is brittle and flaking in some places; felt is faded at corners and flaps are thinning; clips on (g) show some green corrosion product; all paper envelopes show some wear and minor tearing; blades in excellent condition
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Kny-Scheerer catalogue, 1915, p. 2252 (similar to clips in case 6618); Oxford Index website; "Ontario Roots" genealogy website (Russ McGillivray); University of Toronto Varsity War Supplement (1915); CD #UHN
Research Facts
Michel's suture clips were created by French surgeon Gaston Michel (1875-1937) and are used to close skin incisions after surgery. Dr. Walter Little Carruthers (1890-1968) enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915 while he was a medical student at the University of Toronto. He served with the 5th Field Ambulance and was discharged in August of 1918 so that he could continue his studies.
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