Amputation knife, c 1750.

Amputation knife, c 1750.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Description

Manufactured by Cargill, a London instrument maker. 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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