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Tools used in a cupping kit, from left to right: scarificator, cup, syringe. Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

OBJECT HISTORY: Cupping Kit

Cupping therapy¬†is a medical treatment in which local suction is created on the skin in an effort to increase blood flow to promote healing or¬†restore humoral health balance. It was practiced as early as the Hippocratics and persisted in high medical popularity¬†until the late nineteenth century. This particular kit belonged to¬†Dr. James T. Reeve¬†a physician…

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Dr. James T. Reeve

The owner of¬†this particular cupping kit¬†was Dr. James T. Reeve. Dr. Reeve was born near Goshen, New York, on April 26, 1834. Despite losing his father at age five and his mother five days before graduating medical school, J.T Reeve received his…

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