Keenan & Morris’s Sheath
A historical curiosity


Devised in 1913 by Thomas F. Keenan and Bernhard Morris, this device was intended to be worn following circumcision. It is described in the Patent Abstract thus:
An appliance for use after circumcision [consisting] of an india-rubber tube (a) for insertion into the urethra and a thin rubber or like sheath (b) attached to the tube and adapted to be rolled over or inverted so as to cover the organ and thereby hold surgical dressings and the tube (a) in place. An ivory tube (d) with a head (e) is inserted in the tube (a) to hold it distended and to prevent collapse of the urethra when rubber bandages are applied to prevent haemorrhage.

Keenan’2 Sheath

Image from patent document


The following resources were used in the preparation of this web page:
EU flag European Patent Offie GB Patent 19067 of 1913.

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