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Roman rectal speculum

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Roman rectal speculum
Roman rectal speculum | Photo: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Roman rectal speculum. The earliest mention of this tool comes from Hippocrates, who wrote that when the patient lies on his back, the doctor can use the tool to assess the degree of intestinal ulceration.

The object shown in the photo is dated to the 2nd-5th century CE and proves that Roman medicine was really at a high level. To this day, many tools from Roman medicine are also used during surgery.

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