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

Amputation knife, c 1750.

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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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