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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:49 pm
by madjon
looking at roman spathomele at the moment, trying to look for sources of information and pictures for a dreaded presentation i have to do about one, any suggestions for sources?

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:35 pm
by madjon
maybe i should say roman spatulas and medical equipment?

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:33 pm
by Medicus Matt
What sort of stuff, just general photos of artifacts or something a bit more detailed?

As the handle suggests, this is a subject that I know a bit about. :wink:

Course, what you really want is to buy a nice full set of reproduction roman surgeons scalpels, probes, saws, trephines etc... all beautifully made and in very good condition if you ignore the blood.

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:50 pm
by madjon
i have an artefact presentation to do in may on a roman medical spatula, leaf shaped pointy handle, its part of a course im doing, so im looking for general information and stuff i can read up on use as references etc,
if you happen to have one for sale then that would be good.

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:28 pm
by Medicus Matt
Double post.

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:31 pm
by Medicus Matt
Oh, that's a nice one. Very similar to one I've got from Naples.
Spathomele are the single most common of all roman medical instruments; form, size etc can vary enormously and they're not always for surgical purposes. I've got a list of all the different uses for spathomele cited by classical writers if you're interested?

That particular one may have been a pharmacological one, the long thin end being used for stirring medicaments and the spatulate end for spreading the ointment. However, I've also found that the spatulate ends on the double-ended repro that I've got is excellent for for both 'blunt' dissections and for pushing muscle and sinew out of the way.

This is a pretty good general site for roman medicine roman surgical stuff

However, I don't know if there's much else on the net that's going to be useful to you. I can give you the titles of some good books and I'll happily give you any other info you might find useful, along with the relevent references.

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:00 pm
by madjon
references and books would be great, uses cited by classical authors would be really good as well, do you know if i can get a repro one?
i cant take the original along as the museum curator guards things jealously, thanks for the help

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:11 pm
by Medicus Matt
PMs sent. Hope they're of some use to you.



Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:09 pm
by Brennivs(Tony Drake)
Here is my own surgical set it is a great subject and I had many hours enjoyment doing it :D
If you need any Info I might be able to help :D
Regards Brennivs :D