University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
A wooden box (o), with a wire handle on the lid and two hooks and a lock on the front, contains: a staple holder for 23 pairs of suturing clips in numbered compartments (a); a closing clamp (b); a gear wheel (c); a chrome-plated screwdriver (d); a chrome-plated filling pin (f); a very fine-tipped f…
A wooden box (o), with a wire handle on the lid and two hooks and a lock on the front, contains: a staple holder for 23 pairs of suturing clips in numbered compartments (a); a closing clamp (b); a gear wheel (c); a chrome-plated screwdriver (d); a chrome-plated filling pin (f); a very fine-tipped filling tweezer (g); a filling rack (h); a chrome case with a sliding lid containing a metal washer and 8 tarnished suture clips (i); a polythene bag, stapled closed with a label, containing a clear plastic box of silver suture clips (k); two identical keys to the case (l,m); 23 pairs of sutures in a felt wrapping (n); (e) is unidentified or missing; (j) is the lid of the interior compartment of the case.
Number Of Parts
a - staple holder - Size: Length 26.0 cm x Width 4.0 cm
b - clamp - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Width 2.8 cm
c - gear wheel - Size: Length 10.2 cm x Diam. 6.5 cm
d - screwdriver - Size: Length 13.3 cm
f - filling pin - Size: Length 7.0 cm
g - filling tweezer - Size: Length 10.7 cm
h - filling rack - Size: Length 3.0 cm x Width 5.2 cm x Depth 3.2 cm
i - chrome case - Size: Length 6.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
j - wooden lid - Size: Length 16.3 cm x Width 8.4 cm x Depth 4.0 mm
k - polythene bag - Size: Length 12.0 cm x Width 7.5 cm
l,m - keys - Size: Length 3.8 cm
n - felt strip - Size: Length 15.5 cm x Width 1.3 cm
o - case - Size: Length 40.7 cm x Width 11.7 cm x Depth 13.3 cm
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. Catherine Rekai, the widow of Dr. John Rekai.
(a) lower handle marked "C 2299"; upper handle has "D AESCULAP ODELGA" above the symbol of a caduceus; (b) has Aesculap symbol impressed on the part; (c) scratched on shank: "DR. J. Rekai"; (d) impressed on shank: "NRM"; (f) "NRM" marked on handle; (g) has Aesculap symbol on one side and "ODELGA" on the other side; (h) marked "NRM" on underside of base; (i) lid marked with Aesculap symbol; (k) label has "Codman // Surgical Instruments // since 1838 . . ."; on reverse, "Cat. No: 200-4020 // Lot: 4051".
Storage Room 0007
Tip of screwdriver (d) bent out of shape
Aesculap catalogue, 1974, p. 229
Dr. Rekai is one of the founders of the Central Hospital; he served at the Semelweiss Hospital, Budapest, from 1938–1948, and at Central Hospital from 1957–1978.