Antique medicine

Roman cautery

Cautery, about 300 BC


The red-hot needle-shaped tip made it possible to burn out wounds and stop bleeding. The angling of the needle prevented a too deep penetration of the probe into the wound with the risk of a constriction of deep-seated veins and arteries ...

Perhaps the device represents that "hamulus acutus" as mentioned by CELSUS (VI, 7, 9) as "hamulus retusus paulum recurvatus, or as" hamulus acutus paulum mucrone intus recurvatus "(vi, 7,4).

Penetration depth 6 mm. Length of the instrument 189 mm.