2006.276.1: Saw, Plaster, 1941-1990

Additional Images

2006.276.1: Saw, Plaster.
Image No. 2755 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Plaster saw with loop handle. or The saw was used to cut open the skull and access the brain. It was invented by Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916), an English surgeon and physiologist who pioneered the discipline of neurosurgery in the late 1800s.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.276.1
Collection: Orthopaedics
Date: 1941-1990

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 14.3 cm
  • Width: 7 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Owner: Dr. Sydney Segal
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Sidney Segal [1920-1997] who was a noted pediatrician and pioneer neonatologist. His pioneering work in neonatology included the invention of the first effective apparatus for natural breathing in infants with respiratory failure, the design of the first infant air transport system, and extensive research into cystic fibrosis and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). He was instrumental in the establishment of the first intensive care nursery in Canada at the Vancouver General Hospital in the 1960s and later pioneered research and clinical procedures to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome, an affliction of babies borne by drug-addicted mothers. Dr. Segal was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (1990) and of the Order of British Columbia (1993).