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Copy of a large lance used during plague epidemics in Marsei

Science Museum, London

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Plague epidemics ravaged Marseilles in France throughout the 1600s and 1700s. Lancets, such as the copy shown here, were used to open buboes in order to relieve pressure and also remove poisons from the body – an unsuccessful attempt to cure the patient. The lancet would have been stored in a brass case. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe



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