Amputation saw, 17th Century.

Image number: 10287753

Amputation saw, 17th Century.

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.

Image number:
10287753
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:43
Image rights:
Science Museum