Bone-setting mechanism, 18th century

Bone-setting mechanism, 18th century

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Caption: Bone-setting mechanism. 18th-century journal page illustrating a mechanism used following bone surgery to keep pieces of healing bone at their proper distances. The surgery was carried out in 1760 on a 41-year-old soldier who had suffered a gunshot wound some years earlier that had shattered the bone of the upper arm. The mechanism and surgery was carried out and reported by the French surgeon Claude Nicholas Le Cat (1700-1768), of Rouen, France. This page is from volume 56 (1766) of the journal 'Philosophical Transactions', published by the Royal Society. Le Cat was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1740.

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