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

Amputation saw, Paris, France, 18th century.

Fernandes, Iris

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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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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