Two bow framed amputation saws, Spanish, c 1650.
2 8 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Two bow framed amputation saws, Spanish, c 1650.

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Two ornate amputation saws, one damascened in gold, the other in gold and ebony. 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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10287710
 

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