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Title

Liston Amputation Knife

Description

Liston's amputation knife, ebony and metal, c 1860s.

This amputation knife is part of an amputation set dating from the 1860s. It is named after the famous Scottish surgeon, Robert Liston. The shape of amputation blades changed over time, from curved to straight, and Liston adapted his own style of blade for optimal surgery results. In 1846, Liston performed the first leg amputation in Europe that employed modern anaesthesia. The procedure was over within seconds, and the patient didn't feel a thing!

Creator

Hillard of Glasgow

Date

c. 1860s

Identifier

2003/199.1

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 32 cm

Materials

Metal and ebony.

Liston Amputation Knife

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Length: 32 cm

Materials

Metal and ebony.

Files

2003.199.1_liston amputation knife 2.jpg

Collection

Citation

Hillard of Glasgow, “Liston Amputation Knife,” Heritage, accessed December 11, 2018, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/86.