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Object Name Scissors
Catalog Number 1990.17.16
Maker RNY-Scheerer
Date 1920-1950
Material(s) Steel
Dimensions H-7.125 W-2 inches
Description This is a set of stainless steel curved surgical scissors. The piece has a slight curve in arms and in the blades. The handles have closed finger grips. The handles are stamped with "20" on the inside and "RNY-SCHEERER GERMANY."
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 through the 1950s. Dr. Laine evidently specialized in gynecology and obstretics, 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 RNY-Scheerer
Laine, Joseph
Subjects Doctors
African Americans
Medical equipment & supplies
Surgical instruments
Search Terms Louisville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS