Summary

Gallstone instrument made for E & AC Pty Ltd Sydney by G.Turton & Sons, Sheffield, England, circa 1930.

It was used to remove gallstones (hardened deposits or 'stones') found in the gall bladder or common bile duct. The hook end is to dislodge or guide the stone into position so it can then be removed using the scoop end of the instrument.

This stainless steel scoop and hook instrument was previously owned by Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, circa 1945-1993.
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop AC, CMG, OBE, KStJ was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership whilst being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

Following the war Dunlop resumed his medical career in Melbourne at a time when surgeons provided their own surgical instruments. Dunlop held senior positions with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Clinic, and he taught at The University of Melbourne.

Physical Description

Thin stainless steel instrument with a hook at one end and scoop at the other end.

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