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Object Name Probe, Uterine
Catalog Number 1990.17.38
Date 1920-1950
Material(s) Chrome/Metal
Dimensions H-12.5 W-2 inches
Description This is an incomplete uterine dialator. It is a chrome plated instrument with a finger ring and an adjustable dialtion gauge. The piece has a stamped scale and needle indicator on the gauge. The shank and screw indicate a missing 'trigger' mechanism. The long shaft has four separate wires that fold outward when 'triggered.' The shaft on this piece is interchangeable with 1990.17.39. The handle is stamped with the number "10."
Notes Dr. Joseph Laine (1879-1967) was born in Howard Creek, Clark County, Ky. He attended Berea College and Meharry medical College, graduating in 1906; he practiced medicine in Lexington beginning in 1908; in 1924 he established the Laine Clinic in Louisville. The instruments in the collection date from the 1920s thru the 1950s; Dr. Laine evidently specialized in gynecology and obstetrics, based on the contents of his bag; Dr. Laine was an active civic figure in Louisville, working for the Y.M.C.A., the Urban league, and the NAACP; he was featured in the exhibit "Afro-American Physicians in Lexington, 1895-1950"
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Laine, Joseph
Subjects Surgical instruments
Medical equipment & supplies
African Americans
Search Terms Louisville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS