Illustration of leg amputation in the home

Illustration of leg amputation in the home

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Caption: Illustration of a leg amputation performed in the home, from a surgical work of 1592 (source unknown). The brazier on the right heats the irons used to cauterise the wound. Amputation was often the only course of action following a serious wound, due to sepsis, or blood poisoning. Not until 1867, when Joseph Lister introduced the use of antiseptics to prevent infection of surgical wounds, was sepsis brought under control.

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Keywords: 16th century, 16th century surgery, amputa, amputat, amputati, amputation, healthcare, historical image, history, leg, leg amputation, medical, medicine, surgery, surgical care

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