By John Kirkup MD, MA, FRCS (auth.)
A historical past of Limb Amputation traces humanity’s lengthy event of usual amputations because of congenital absence, sickness, frostbite, pollution, family and wild animal trauma, and for non-medical purposes with regards to punitive, ritual, and felony activities, finally resulting in the improvement of non-obligatory surgical amputation.
While the evolution of surgical concepts types a tremendous bankruptcy within the e-book, many ancillary difficulties are addressed together with the keep watch over of hemorrhage and an infection, the method of discomfort reduction, the improvement of compatible tools and gear, and the discovery of prostheses, all definitely illuminated with case histories and proper illustrations. furthermore, replacement approaches designed to prevent amputation, more and more vital within the final centuries, are debated, and components linked to self-amputation in extremis, now not infrequent in accordance with press experiences, also are tested. A separate bankruptcy considers the philosophy and interpretations of society, sufferers, and surgeons confronted with amputation, quite ahead of anesthesia.
The ebook can be of curiosity to clinical and social historians, surgeons, and nurses project amputations, limb-fitting surgeons and prosthetists, limb brands, and amputees themselves.
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Girls of the Dugum Dani tribe, New Guinea, 1961, immediately after ritual amputations of their little fingers, dressed with ashes and clay, and bandaged; they soak up blood as it trickles down their forearms, with handfuls of grass. (From Majno G. The Healing Hand. ” And also: “In India there is a tribe called the Berula Kodo, or ‘ﬁnger cutters’. Every three years, during a religious ceremony, they cut off the second and third ﬁngers of some of their women; the reason is not known. ” 9 Rogers, who considered limb amputation a rarity in non-westernised Africa, nevertheless noted ritual ﬁnger amputation among Bushmen as a symbol of mourning.
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After resuscitation and surgery he developed various complications but ultimately walked with sticks. The second patient sustained a similar injury but avulsion took place at the hip joint, removing only part of the acetabulum and the ischium; although the gluteal muscles were avulsed, there was no urethral injury. Wound contamination required a temporary colostomy; he left hospital with a lower limb prosthesis after 3 months. In the 18th century several lesser “pull-offs” were described in the Memoires de l’Academie de 31 Chirurgie of Paris, mainly ﬁngers and toes, but included was an observation by Benemont concerning a boy of 9 or 10 years who, jumping on the back of a passing coach pulled by six horses, put a leg between the spokes of a wheel which pulled off the limb at the knee joint, exposing the lower femur.