16th century woodcut showing leg amputation

16th century woodcut showing leg amputation

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Woodcut of a patient having his leg amputated. This is before the days of anaesthetic, instead he is blindfolded so at least he cannot see what is going on. This is the first picture published of an amputation, it comes from the Feldtbuch der Wundartznei (Field Book of Wound Surgery), by Hans von Gersdorf, a German army surgeon; published in Strasbourg, 1530.

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Keywords: 16th century, 16th century surgery, amputation, black and white, black-and-white, healthcare, historical image, history, medical, medicine, monochrome, monochrome image, people person persons, surgery, surgical care

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