Liston-type amputation knife, Surrey, England, 1980
Robert Liston (1797-1847), a Scottish surgeon, invented this type of amputation knife. Liston knives have two different edges on the blade, which improves efficiency during operations – Liston was renowned for his speed and precision. Made by Downs Surgical Ltd., from stainless steel, the knife could easily be sterilised, without rusting and used in aseptic surgery.
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Glossary: amputation knife
A broad-bladed knife used primarily for cutting large muscles during major amputations of limbs
Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.
Free from bacterial contamination; surgically sterile or sterilized.