Amputation instruments, German, 1831-1870.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Amputation instruments, German, 1831-1870.

Hills, Jennie

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A complete set of amputation tools of steel and ebony. Some of the instruments were made by Kittel, others by Bornhagen. Prior to the invention of antiseptics, amputation was often the treatment of first rather than last resort, to prevent infection spreading through the body from injuries and wounds.



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