2006.40.1: Padgett-Hood Manual Dermatome, 1948-1967

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2006.40.1: Padgett-Hood Manual Dermatome.
Image No. 3466 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Portable 'Padgett-Hood' manual dermatome, which comprises a holder with a convex surface which rotates on a shaft held in a stand with two handles either end, a thickness gauge and the blade holder. Cuts skin grafts of uniform predetermined thickness from five to fifty thousandths of an inch. Manufacturing No. 1424. Incomplete, the cutting blade, cement and brush [for applying cement] are missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.40.1
Collection: Dermatology
Date: 1948-1967

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 21.5 cm
  • Width: 13 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • metal

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Kansas City Assemblage Co.
  • Patent Country: U.S.Patent Number: 2435278Patent Date: 1948-02-03
  • History of Use: The instrument was used for cutting a skin-graft. The partially cylindrical holder is mounted to roll over the body of the patient and to lift the the skin by means of its adhesive/cement coating just in advance of the blade. The distance between the blade and the cylinder's surface is adjusted by the gauge to give the desired thickness of graft. It was created in 1939 and is named after its inventors, Earl Padgett (1893-1946), a plastic surgeon, and George Hood, a mechanical engineer.