Used to hold back edges of an incision during abdominal surgery of patients at Mont Park Mental Hospital, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930

Physical Description

Abdominal retractor is a large, lopsided saddle-shaped piece of chrome- plated steel, narrowing on the lower side to a rounded shaft with flattened sides which expand halfway down into a handle shaped like a figure of eight with greatly elongated lower half.

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