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SAIC Faculty Terri Kapsalis Talks About the Design of the Speculum

SAIC faculty Terri Kapsalis (Visual and Critical Studies) recently spoke to The Atlantic about the modern speculum's design. Invented by James Marion Sims in 1845, the device's design hasn't changed much. Kapsalis, who authored Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum, said “I actually think that the design is fairly simple and fairly straightforward." Speaking of the improvements that the industry has tried to bring to the design, she said “I have a feeling that if there was a design that clinicians thought was an improvement, and particularly that their patients would be happier with, that they would be willing to try it out.”