996.7.1: Cryocautery Set, 1901-1930

Additional Images

996.7.1: Cryocautery Set.
Image No. 4086 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Cryocautery set in a lidded case with clasp. The set includes five probes and a handle. 'DRAPIER FRANCE' stamped into all parts except part c. 'BTE.SGDG' also stamped into the handle top. The plastic central body has cracked showing an old repair with adhesive tape. The instrument uses carbon dioxide snow pencils to cool the probes. Incomplete, nozzle missing. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 996.7.1
Collection: Dermatology
Date: 1901-1930

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 24.7 cm
  • Height: 5 cm
  • Width: 23 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case
  • b) Handle
  • c) Probe
  • d) Probe
  • e) Probe
  • f) Probe
  • g) Probe

Object Materials

  • adhesive bandage,
  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • cotton wool,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Drapier
  • History of Use: Cryo-Cauterization is a procedure that uses very cold temperatures, which cause tissue destruction by freezing, to treat abnormalities on areas of the body such as the skin.