Case of amputation instruments, Scottish, late 18th century.

Image number: 10289177

Case of amputation instruments, Scottish, late 18th century.

The case contains a wooden-handled field tourniquet, sutures, assorted knives (the small ones for cutting skin, the large ones for cutting muscle), a small saw for amputating fingers and toes and a surgical saw with a screw to tighten the blade. One of the saws is signed 'Boog', this was an Edinburgh firm which passed through several generations of the family from 1748-1859. 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.

Image number:
10289177
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:47
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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