Orthopedics : The Bone Doctor
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Bone Saw Handle
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Mid to late eighteenth century amputation saw handle. This instrument made by Lentz & Sons is missing a blade.
During the Civil War there were two primary methods for amputating limbs: circular and flap. The flap method was performed when time was an issue. For this method, flaps of muscle and skin were used and sewn to close the site of dissection. In a circular amputation, skin and tissue were rolled up like "cuffs" and after the removal of the limb; the "cuff" would be rolled down and sewn together to form a stump. The advantage to circular amputation allowed the wound to heal quicker and there a less chance for the risk of infection and complication.
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