Small amputation saw, c 1730.

Hills, Jennie

Small amputation saw, c 1730.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Surgical saw by Braun. The blade and frame are made of steel and the handle of wood. 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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