Extension of a broken arm, 16th century

Extension of a broken arm, 16th century

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Caption: Treating a broken arm, 16th century. Coloured engraving of a patient having his broken arm extended by a surgical device. Turning the screw pulls his arm, allowing it to be positioned correctly for healing. Illustration taken from Hans von Gersdorff's Feldtbuch der Wundartzney (Fieldbook of Wound Surgery), published in Strasbourg in the mid-16th century.

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