Library Catalog - Kentucky Historical Society

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Object Name Spatula, Surgical
Catalog Number 1990.17.36
Date 1920-1959
Material(s) Steel;
Dimensions H-7.063 Dia-0.25 inches
Description This is a stainless steel spatula. It has a ridged octagonal handle tapering to a flattened spatula blade with a rounded end. Stamped on the handle is "MADE IN GERMANY STAINLESS 324." It has a blue plastic ring on the handle.
Notes Dr. Joseph Laine (1879-1967) was born in Howard Creek, Clark County, Kentucky. 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 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
Obstetric hospitals
African Americans
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS