Metacarpal saw, nineteenth century

Metacarpal saw, nineteenth century

C022/6675 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.0MB

Downloadable file size: 3.3MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Metacarpal saw with lignum vitae handle, dating from nineteenth century England. Lignum vitae is an extremely tough, dense wood from trees of the genus Guaiacum. This instrument was used for cutting the metacarpals (bones of the hand) in amputation procedures. Amputation was generally the only treatment option when infection or trauma occurred in the limbs and extremities (such as the fingers) in nineteenth century medicine, before the introduction of antibiotics and more refined surgical techniques.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1800s, 19th century, amputate, amputation, antique, england, english, equipment, finger, hand, hand surgery, historical, history, instrument, instruments, lignum vitae, limb, medical, medical instrument collection, medicine, metacarpal, metacarpals, nineteenth century, no-one, nobody, orthopaedic, orthopaedics, orthopedic, orthopedics, peach background, removal, saw, surgery, surgical, treatment

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.