Amputation saw, 17th Century.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Amputation saw, 17th Century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

An amputation saw, made of wood and metal. 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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10287753
 

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