By John Kirkup MD, MA, FRCS (auth.)
A historical past of Limb Amputation traces humanity’s lengthy event of traditional amputations because of congenital absence, ailment, 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 optionally available surgical amputation.
While the evolution of surgical options types an immense bankruptcy within the booklet, many ancillary difficulties are addressed together with the regulate of hemorrhage and an infection, the method of discomfort aid, the advance of compatible tools and kit, and the discovery of prostheses, all definitely illuminated with case histories and suitable illustrations. furthermore, replacement techniques designed to prevent amputation, more and more very important within the final centuries, are debated, and components linked to self-amputation in extremis, no longer infrequent in keeping with press studies, also are tested. A separate bankruptcy considers the philosophy and interpretations of society, sufferers, and surgeons confronted with amputation, rather sooner than anesthesia.
The e-book should 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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2. 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.
Report by Pia Lupatelli in ‘Sport et Vie’, 2006;22:26. 49. Duhamel G. La Vie des Martyrs, 1914–1916. Paris: Mercure, 1917:182. 50. Spence J. Lectures on Surgery. Edinburgh: Black, 1875: figure 92. 51. Paré A. Anatomie Universelle du Corps Humain. Paris: Le Royer, 1561. ” Ackerknecht, 19671 “As for gangrene . . ” Watson-Jones, 19433 Removal of limbs or parts of limbs for ritual, punitive and legal reasons serves no medical purpose, yet this practice has a long history, continuing in some societies today, as a source of communityregulated rites, punishments or legal sentences.
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