Iron mouth dilator, England, 1501–1600

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Iron mouth dilator, England, 1501–1600. Keeping the patient’s mouth open during treatments and surgery required an instrument like this mouth dilator. It was common for surgeons to perform tooth pulling as dentistry did not develop as a specialised discipline until the 1800s. This object was acquired from the Tower of London in 1841 after a fire destroyed most of the Grand Armoury. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: hfu389cp.

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