Amputation saw, Paris, France, 18th century.

Fernandes, Iris

 
Amputation saw, Paris, France, 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Hacksaw shaped instrument used for the amputation of limbs by Foucou of Paris. 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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