Benjamin Bell-type metacarpal amputation saw, Europe, 1780-1850

Made:
1780-1850 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Metacarpal, bow-frame amputation saw, c. 1850. Full view, grey textured background.
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Metacarpal, bow-frame amputation saw, c. 1850

Benjamin Bell, an influential Scottish surgeon (1749-1806), introduced a number of modifications to surgical instruments during his career. This saw appeared in 1780. It was used for amputations that required cutting through the metacarpal bones, which are situated in the palm of the hand. The hexagonal handle was a general innovation introduced in 1770 in order to improve the grip on the saw.

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Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A600833
Materials:
blade, steel, frame, steel, handle, wood
Measurements:
blade: 88 mm
type:
amputation saw
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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