Catalogue général illustré d’instruments de chirurgie [General illustrated catalogue of surgical instruments].
Gembloux is a municipality in Belgium. Around 1875, Louis-Joseph Mathieu had established a workshop in Paris for the manufacture of surgical instruments that quickly expanded. Around 1880, he returned to Namur to hire a worker and was unsuccessful. He then went to Gembloux and hired Dieudonné Simal. They began to be known for their surgical instruments for the eyes, nose, throat, and ears. Simal later hired his brother-in-law, Guibert Legros, and Legros’s brother, Auguste, to come and work with them. This catalogue details and illustrates some of the great instruments manufactured in Gembloux for use in plastic surgery.