When is my collection of medical antiques “complete?”

So when is my collection of medical antiques “complete?” The experienced collector with a large collection might answer: when you have a Heine Osteototome. This may be considered the Holy Graal of medical antiques as only 8 are known to exist per my mentor, Dr. Doug Arbittier. As you can see from the articles below,

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Is a “rare” stethoscope or hearing aid/conversation tube?

As I peruse ebay, I came upon the “stethoscope” advertised below. Flexible monaural stethoscopes were introduced around 1832. These were tubes of coiled spring covered with woven silk, usually 14 to 18 inches long, with a chest piece at one end and usually a very short, straight earpiece at the other. Flexible stethoscopes are often

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Crossing the line from medical antique collector to antiquarian medical book collector

My bid of 800 Euros failed to be the win bid for a 5th edition John Scultetus “Armamentrium Chirurgicum” which sold for 1100 Euros. Dr. Scultetus, actually Schultes or Schultheiss (Born October 1th, 1595 in Ulm, Died December 1645 in Stuttgart ) was a German doctor and author of a book for surgery and their

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A gem in the rough of

I can count on one hand the number of times in the last 10 years I have gotten a “steal” on ebay. Seems like the rare time these days I find something good, the esniperrs are all over it. Well, an antique book dealer friend of mine came upon the Antique Civil War Medical Book

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How to identify a real vs fake antique surgical amputation bone saw part 2?

When buying an antique surgical amputation saw–and I am not asking what you are planning on doing with it, that is your business–keep an eye out for fakes. When I say fake, I do not mean “reproduction” although these too may exist, I have seen a few. I really mean that most saws of the

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How to date and identify an antique medical surgical amputation (bone) saw from the 17th or 18th Century (and not accidentally buy an antique carpenter’s saw for hundreds or even thousands of dollars)?

Let’s face it, a saw is a saw. To the layperson, a (nonelectric) saw has a wood handle and a metal part with teeth that cuts stuff. If you work with wood, you know there are all sorts of fancy saws for delicate wood work and there are big saws that two people might use

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