Used for surgery in a mental health hospital in Victoria circa 1920. Positions the tongue of an unconscious patient forward; possibly used during tonsillectomies. May also have been used for patients with epilepsy. Made by Medicon. Used in Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Physical Description

Carmalt's tongue holding forceps. Pin blade is bent at right angle which fits into a hole. Two grooves secure forceps firmly and lock the pin blade into hole. Forceps are scissor-shape.


Example of surgical equipment used in Victorian mental health hospitals

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