"Domus del Chirurgo" sheds light on Roman medicine

For the past 17 years, archaeologists have worked at the site of the Domus del Chirurgo, the House of the Surgeon, the home of a 2nd century Roman doctor in Rimini, Italy. Among the discoveries: "the largest find of surgical instruments anywhere."

According to Dr Ralph Jackson, the curator of the Romano-British collection at the British Museum and an expert in ancient medicine, "It tells us a great deal of how he worked and the range of procedures he undertook because of its completeness. All previous finds have been only partial." Over 150 tools and implements were found including "scalpels, scales, mortars and vases used for the preparation and conservation of medicines," and an implement to remove arrow heads.