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Amputation saw, France, 1801-1900

Science Museum, London


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This ingenious device was used to cut through the femur bone in the thigh. The forceps at the front are used to grip the bone and the double edged semi-circular saw can be moved forward or backward to be placed behind the bone. The saw is then moved from side to side using the ebony handle to cut through the bone. Made by Mathieu, a French surgical instrument maker, the handles are textured to improve grip. maker: Mathieu Place made: France


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