Amputation: Prof. Ernst von Bergmann, 1901

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The great Prof. von Bergmann, one of the most prominent surgeons of the late 19th century, performing an amputation while Chief of Surgery in Berlin. Incidentally, Prof. von Bergmann, although performing this procedure without modern surgical gloves, was a pioneer in autoclave sterilization of surgical instruments.

What has changed between then and now?

A contemporary of von Bergmann’s, George Bernard Shaw, wondered in his play, The Doctor’s Dilemma:

“I marvel that society would pay a surgeon a large sum of money to remove a person’s leg – but nothing to save it”

Here’s more on Shaw and Boulton in Malvern… Home of the world’s longest-standing symposium on the diabetic foot and amputation prevention.

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