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Hey's skull saw

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Dates
1870
1920
circa 1870-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Neurosurgery
Accession Number
1969.222.9
Description
Skull saw consisting of a plastic (?) handle with a metal shaft ending in a wide, two-edged, serrated saw blade.
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Accession Number
1969.222.9
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Neurosurgery
MeSH Heading
Trephining -- instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- saw -- skull
Description
Skull saw consisting of a plastic (?) handle with a metal shaft ending in a wide, two-edged, serrated saw blade.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
Maker
A. L. Hernstein & Son
Dates
1870
1920
circa 1870-1920
Material
metal: grey
plastic (?): dark grey
Inscriptions
On shaft: "A. L. HERNSTEIN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E2-2
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Dimension Notes
Length 16.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Hey's skull saw

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact3319
Dates
1870
1920
circa 1870-1920
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Neurosurgery
Accession Number
997001102
Description
Hey's saw, which consists of an ebony wood handle that is flat and tapers to a blunted point at the end; the top and bottom of the handle have a cross-hatched pattern cut into the wood to improve grip; the sides are smooth; the top of the handle attaches to a long rounded metal shaft that tapers at…
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Accession Number
997001102
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Neurosurgery
MeSH Heading
Trephining -- instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- saw -- skull
Description
Hey's saw, which consists of an ebony wood handle that is flat and tapers to a blunted point at the end; the top and bottom of the handle have a cross-hatched pattern cut into the wood to improve grip; the sides are smooth; the top of the handle attaches to a long rounded metal shaft that tapers at its tip; this shaft attaches to a flat serrated blade at the tip with two rivets; the blade is flat and has one side that is round and serrated and the other side flares slightly outwards and is straight and serrated
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. L. J.Austin; collected by Dr. A. A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection.
Maker
Snowden
Dates
1870
1920
circa 1870-1920
Material
wood: black
metal: silver
Inscriptions
The word "SNOWDEN" is stamped into the metal shaft on one side
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E2-2
Dimension Notes
Length 18.7 cm x Width 4.5 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear and a few areas of tarnish (especially on the blade); no corrosion is visible; the wood has no chips or cracks and the only damage is a small (insect?) hole near the end
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
Previous number #37; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," by Dr. Gordon Dammann, V. 1, 1983, p. 10 (illustration #9)
Research Facts
Hey's saws were used in trephine operations on the skull
Exhibit History
Hall of Honour, KGH - "Beyond Ether: 150 Years of Anaesthesia" - Sept. 27, 1997- June 2011
Images
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