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Box of amputation instruments, German, 1831-1870.

Hills, Jennie

Box of amputation instruments, German, 1831-1870.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


A complete set of amputation tools of steel and ebony within a leather bound case. Some of the instruments were made by Kittel, others by Bornhagen. 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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