Name/TitleInstrument: External Urethrotomy Probe
About this objectSurgical instrument from the Sir Verco collection, probe used in external urethrotomy. This probe has rounded tip, which tapers in a concave rod to a circular handle or tab.
Dr Joseph Cooke Verco was an Honorary Physician at the Adelaide Hospital and Lecturer in Medicine. He went to the United Kingdom for his medical education and had a distinguished student career at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where, after qualifying, he was a resident medical officer. In 1876 he became M.D. (London) and, in 1877, F.R.C.S. England. He returned to Adelaide in 1878, where he initially worked as a general practitioner.
In 1880 he became an Honorary Medical Officer at the Adelaide Hospital and was also Honorary Physician at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital. He was associated with the Adelaide Medical School from the beginning and was also the founder of the Dental School and first Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.
In 1919 a knighthood was conferred on Dr Verco. This was the first occasion on which such an honour was given to a medical man in South Australia for purely medical and scientific services.
Date MadeCa 1880s
Place MadeLondon, England
MeasurementsL12xW1cm at handle
Subject and Association KeywordsJoseph Cooke Verco