Creepy Surgical Tools Part 2
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Amputation Knife (17005)
Knives used for amputations bluring the 18th century were typically
curved, because surgeons tended to make a circular cut through the
skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw. By the ,
straight knives became more popular because they made it easier to
leave a flap of skin that could be used to cover the exposed stump.
g '" Amputation Saw ()
While some surgeons chose to flaunt their wealth with elaborately
decorated saws like this, the crevices in the intricate engravings
proved to be a breeding ground for germs.
Arrow Re my
it is hypothesized that it was inserted into the wound in a contracted
position, with the central shaft used to grasp the arrow. The blades,
which appear to have their sharp edges facing outward, were then
expanded using the handles, thus expanding the flesh
around the arrow to prevent the arrowhead from ripping through the
Ritual circumcision is performed around the world in varying
extents and for varying reasons, but few instruments used
in the process are as intimidating as this European knife from
the 18th century.
The Hertz compass was used to accurately determine where
bullets were located in the body so that they could then be
removed with precision.
This lithesome was used to cut the bladder in order to remove
stones. The shaft contained a hidden blade that was inserted
into the bladder and then released using a spring handle.
Mouth Gag ()
This wooden, screenshoted mouth gag would be inserted
into an anesthetized patient' s mouth to keep the airway open.
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Tonsil Guillotine ()
This method of removing tonsils Wm ked much like a tla( guillotine,
slicing off the infected tonsils. This "double " design meant that both
tonsils could be . l at the same time. Tonsil were ' by
fol( eps and stalhelm in the em 20th century due to the high late of
and the imprecise littlle of the device, which often left tonsil
Hernia Tool (18505)
This unique tool was used chistes, the Restoration of a hm Ilia. It was inserted
into the body heal the affe( ( | altern and left there fol a week to produce bcc'
tissue that would help seal off the hel Ilia.
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