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Medical Scarificator

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  • Date: 19th Century
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Inches: 5 x 5 x 7 in display case
  • Centimeters: 12.82 x 12.82 x 17.95
  • Product ID: 004248

The scarificator was a device that held a series of small blades and was commonly used for bloodletting during the 18th and 19th centuries. The lever on the device would cock it, and then pressing the button next to that would release spring-driven rotary blades which make many shallow cuts. Unsettlingly, the scarificator was considered a more "merciful" tool than those proceeding it.