Small amputation saw, c 1730.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Small amputation saw, c 1730.

Hills, Jennie

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Description

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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