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Amputation saw, London, England, 1900-1935

The steel material and design of this amputation saw are typical of 1900s design. The handle is shaped for comfortable use and improved grip. Amputation saws would have been used by surgeons trained in orthopaedics.

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    Glossary: amputation saw

    Saw used for amputation. These tend to be instruments from the past, and were in common usage from c. 1500-1940 in Europe.

    Glossary: amputation

    Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.

    Glossary: orthopaedics

    The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.