In Ancient Times: Surgical Instruments & Glass Vessels

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A new exhibit presents a selection of surgical instruments and glass objects used in everyday life during the Roman Period from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD.

While medicine in classical antiquity relied mainly on incantations, the gods, and use of magical herbs, the surgical instruments found in various archeological sites are strikingly similar to those used by surgeons in Western Europe and America well into the 20th century.

The de Young Museum loaned a variety of objects from their collection for this exhibit. The surgical instruments are from the private collection of Dr. Herbert H. Dedo, Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology, UCSF, who has been collecting and researching ancient instruments for the past forty years. Also included in the exhibition are items of both medical and general interest from the ancient period from the UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections.

This exhibit will be on view through June 15, 2010, in the Parnassus Campus Library's third (main) floor gallery.

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