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Amputation saw, 17th Century.

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


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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