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Bone saw, Germany, 1931-1940

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This bone saw was used in post-mortem examinations to cut long sections of femurs. This is the long leg bone in the thigh. A post-mortem is a medical examination to discover the cause and manner of a death. Post-mortems were first practiced in the early 1800s and they helped physicians learn more about the internal symptoms and signs of disease. This instrument was made about the time of the Second World War and is of German origin. It is labeled ‘Stauffel’, which is likely to be the instrument maker’s name.

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Glossary: anatomy

A branch of medical science concerned with the structure of living organisms.

Glossary: post mortem

A medical procedure that consists of an examination to discover the cause and manner of a death.

Glossary: bone saw

Special type of surgical saw for cutting through bone