A series of bougies of varying sizes for dilating the ostium uteri. They are made of metal, glass or hard rubber. First described in an article by one of Hegar's students in 1879.
We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper for information submitted.
- A. Hegar:
Die operative Gynäkologie mit Einschluss der gynäkologischen Untersuchungslehre. With Rudolf Kaltenbach (1842-1893). 2nd edition, Stuttgart, Enke, 1881.
The book contains drawings of the first dilators which differ little from those used today.
What is an eponym?An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.
What is Whonamedit?Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.
Disclaimer:Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.