Automatic lancet, London, England, 1822–1863

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Automatic lancet, London, England, 1822–1863. Lancets were used in bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. This automatic type of lancet was invented in the early 1800s and works by the blade being swiftly released to cut into a vein by means of a spring mechanism. The skill and experience of the operator was vital in determining the depth of the cut. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: ntfwd5c2.

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