Amputation saw, London, England, 1823–1829

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Amputation saw, London, England, 1823–1829. Despite resembling a carpentry saw and being less ornate than some earlier devices, this saw still provided a good environment in which germs could thrive. John Weiss was a surgical instrument maker based in the Strand, London, an ideal location from which to supply the nearby teaching hospitals with instruments and equipment. The company began in 1787 and still exists today as John Weiss & Sons, part of the Haag-Streit Group of manufacturing companies. It now specialises in ophthalmic instruments. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: qqzz4my7.

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