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Author Topic: Steampunk Chainsaw for delivering babies  (Read 3065 times)
Antipodean
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« on: February 25, 2014, 05:51:50 am »

This is one for the believe it or not files:

The first chainsaw prototype was invented around 1783-1785 by two Scottish doctors.
Symphysiotomy is a surgical operation in which cartilage is cut out of the pubis in order to widen the pelvis and allow the baby to pass through.
The chain saw was still in use for much of the 19th Century until the Gigli twisted wire saw replaced it.

My mind is just reeling with the thought of having to go through that procedure. I think I would rather drink poison and die!
It would be less painful and the result would have probably been the same.

It would make a legitimate (Steam Powered) tool for mad doctors to have in their medical kits.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 06:37:03 am »

That hurts just thinking about it. Yeeesh!
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 09:55:11 am »

*googles*



Oh wow.. how would you even.... *shudder*






Landed on this site: http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=6564687

Which had this picture:



Now the latter is definitely NOT a surgical instrument, but very cool anyhow!


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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 10:22:12 am »

A lot of the Orthopaedic Surgeon's kit looks like a carpentry set - drills, brace&bits, rasps, chisels etc -I think it's the real reason they knock you out so you don't see the messy bits between nodding off and waking up with neat stitches.

However, on a lighter (but still weird) note:

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-15/lick-a-chick-closeup
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 10:38:55 am »

Well, I'm out of a job...
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 12:12:20 pm »

While appreciating the engineering aspect of these tools, the practical application is just "ouch". It gives me goosebumps and I wouldn't ever have had the thing near me.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014, 09:52:45 am »

Good Grief!!

 and I hope none of you are obstetricians .
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2014, 12:51:57 pm »

This was my first thought...
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2014, 02:30:20 pm »

Is it a boy or a girl?  Neither, it's a husquvarna... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2014, 03:53:53 pm »

It's a shame this was posted after the Surrey Convivial. One of the attendees, who attended after a conversation with me about  steampunk, is actually an academic professor specialising in antique and historical surgical implements. I'm sure he could have shed some light on this...
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2014, 09:26:47 pm »

Good Grief!!

 and I hope none of you are obstetricians .

Well, as a young chap I did subscribe to a correspondence course in Comparitive Gynaecology from Hefner College, so I'm no expert, but I am available for consultations...            Grin
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2014, 11:17:22 pm »




Oh, the horror, the horror!!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 08:48:35 am »

A wonderful selection of helpful medical tools including a Tobaco smoke Enema , hemorrhoid forceps ,  a circumcision knife and  much much more

http://www.surgicaltechnologists.net/blog/20-scary-old-school-surgical-tools/

Guess what they use this for

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014, 10:12:40 am »

I'm glad I don't live in Victorian times. I'm glad I don't live in Victorian times. I'm glad I don't live in Victorian times. I'm glad I don't live in Victorian times...
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 03:18:43 pm »

A wonderful selection of helpful medical tools including a Tobaco smoke Enema , hemorrhoid forceps ,  a circumcision knife and  much much more

http://www.surgicaltechnologists.net/blog/20-scary-old-school-surgical-tools/

Guess what they use this for




Trepanation?
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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2014, 05:23:24 pm »

Trepanation?

Unfortunately not, far more barbaric, it's a tool for lobotomy.
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2014, 05:54:00 pm »

Trepanation?


Unfortunately not, far more barbaric, it's a tool for lobotomy.


No, that's a Trepanning tool.  It was same design throughout most of the "modern" period. 

Now these are for Lobotomies:


Essentially a modified ice pick inserted past the eye and up into the skull....what lovely image...and then the hammer.....
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2014, 03:27:11 am »

And I thought kidney stones hurt.
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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2014, 03:33:27 am »

And I thought kidney stones hurt.





*Struggles vainly to keep from asking the horrifically inevitable question begged by that remark...*

*gives up*

What'd they use for kidney stones, I wonder?
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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2014, 09:57:46 am »


No, that's a Trepanning tool.  It was same design throughout most of the "modern" period. 

Now these are for Lobotomies:


Essentially a modified ice pick inserted past the eye and up into the skull....what lovely image...and then the hammer.....


I stand corrected.  They used that tool in the film version of From Hell for lobotomies, presumably because the reality of jabbing an ice pick into an eye socket was a bit grim.
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« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2014, 12:54:30 pm »

I recall an episode of Antiques Roadshow where a guy had brought along his collection of antique corkscrews to be valued. The expert asked him if he had a favourite. He picked up one and said "This one. It's so unusual. I've never seen one like it before" The expert said "That's not a corkscrew. It's a trepanning tool." He then went on to explain how it worked and what it was used for. The guy  went quite green.
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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2014, 07:52:09 pm »


No, that's a Trepanning tool.  It was same design throughout most of the "modern" period. 

Now these are for Lobotomies:


Essentially a modified ice pick inserted past the eye and up into the skull....what lovely image...and then the hammer.....


I stand corrected.  They used that tool in the film version of From Hell for lobotomies, presumably because the reality of jabbing an ice pick into an eye socket was a bit grim.


I did a short film once where the main character ended up being lobotomized....I was playing the main character....even though I was holding the ice pick for the close up....it was still one of the most unnerving things that I have ever experienced. 
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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2014, 03:39:33 am »

My Dears,
Trepanning is an ancient procedure, as you know, practiced by the Egyptians. Fortunately, they also had a remedy for the terrible headache that followed:
Yes, indeed, for those of you who have inadvertently trepanned or lobotomised yourselves, there is always a stuffed crocodile with herbs in its mouth. Off you go to Boots!
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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2014, 07:16:23 am »

well crap. I've been using a stuffed alligator! no wonder it's not working...stupid alligator
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