A Surgical Thread

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Exhibition

15/12/2007 - 16/03/2008

Since 1743, long before the invention of anaesthetic, tens of thousands of patients have been operated upon at Aberdeen Infirmary. Our exhibition looks at some of this history such as bloodletting, knocking patients out with ether, "cutting for stone", examining the body with "scopes" and stitching with catgut.

On display are objects which are normally only seen by theatre staff. They might make us nervous but in skilled hands they can be lifesaving.

A Surgical Thread