It was found along side an instrument which I take to be a phlebotome.
The phlebotome is by far the best preserved and best authenticated example which we possess of this instrument.
The identity in shape of the abscess knife and the phlebotome holds good to-day.
A consideration of all the various operations to which the phlebotome was put bears this out.
The best example of the phlebotome is in the Cologne Museum.
Heister, for instance, shows as a lithotomy knife a large knife, like a phlebotome in shape.
There is, however, an instrument of bronze of phlebotome shape in the Naples Museum.