Rectal Speculum

W.Ramsay (Surgical) Pty. Ltd. (estab. Circa 1900, closed 1962)
Circa 1960
This chromium-plated rectal speculum was manufactured in Australia in the mid-twentieth century and is comprised of two parts. The main handle is placed into the anus, while the smaller insert is used to dilate the anus and then removed to allow an examination.
Speculums for vaginal and anal examinations have been used by medical practitioners since classical antiquity in ancient Greece and Rome. The modern speculum was developed in the mid-nineteenth century and its design has remained largely unchanged. Speculums are used by doctors to view the inside of a patient's body passage or cavity.
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chromium-plated metal
17.5 x 17.0 x 4.0 cm (rectal speculum)
16.5 x 2.0 x 2.5 cm (speculum insert)
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Gift of Fay Wiener, 2013
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Named Collection
Medical History Museum Category


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