Probes/Curettes/Spoons cyathiscomele (Greek); cyathiscomele (Latin) Many probe-style tools had two functional ends to allow the physician to continue working by simply turning the tool around. Many of the probes in this picture have a spoon on one end. Spoons were used medicinally to measure and to heat medicaments and unguents. Spoons with an elongated bowl were likely used to pour warmed or liquid medicaments. Similar spoons found in a domestic setting may have been used for removing and eating varieties of shellfish.