Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History
Credit: Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History
This type of prostetic was used to replace a severed foot.
During the Civil War about 7 out of 10 wounds were to extremities. These were the wounds that were treated as a shot to the chest or abdomen meant a sure death. Amputation was the most common type of surgery done. A patient was administered an anesthesia, a new tool in the surgical arsenal. Then the skin and muscle were cut exposing the bone which was severed with a bonesaw. The bonesaw earned the doctors a nickname; they were called “Sawbones.”
Country: United States
War: Civil War