Bloodletting: Spring lancet. Brass and silver spring fleam with razor blade extended. This form of a spring loaded lancet allowed for the blade to be inserted into the skin through moving the trigger. 0.5" x 2.25" x 1"
Bloodletting: Spring lancet. Stainless steel, spring loaded lancet with razor blade extended. This is a modern lancet, administered by pulling the trigger to release the single blade. 0.75" x 4.5" x 0.5"
Pewter bowl with straight handle and measurement etchings on the interior. Used to hold the blood of patients during bleeding procedures. 2.5" x 10" x 6". Donated to the Waring Historical Library by Dr. James Watson of Columbia, South Carolina.
Tiemann's 12 blade brass scarificator with wooden handle housed in a velvet lined wood box, original paper label on the interior. Manufactured by George Tiemann of New York, patented August 20, 1846. The screw at the top of the head allows for the depth of the cut to be altered and when the screw and trigger are pulled the blades are released. 2" x 7.5" x 2.5"
Dr. Porcher's handwritten notes and clippings related to bloodletting, cupping, and leeches. Covers general history, methods and instrumentation, and diseases and conditions these practices were to relieve. Also includes a reprint of Bloodletting: A Clinical Lecture by Prof. Dujardin-Beaumetz from The Medical News, Vol. XLIII, No. 14 October 16, 1883. Preferred citation: Francis Peyre Porcher Papers, MSS 299, Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.