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IN Creative ON 28 Sep, 2016
Surgery as we know it today has developed over the ages to come up with fairly painless and safe techniques that we have today. But look back a little into the past, and you'll begin to see surgery in a whole new light, a horrific colour. Check out these illustrations that vividly picture out the horrific procedures that existed during the Victorian Era.
The surgery involves division of the internal muscles of the eyeball so the eye would point in the right direction!
The doctor portrayed is the pioneering Scottish surgeon Robert Liston. He operated with a knife gripped between his teeth, and could amputate a leg in under three minutes.
The process is done using sutures and a suture hook, with compression of the abdomen to reduce aortic blood flow.
The image shows the relative positions of the lungs, heart, and primary blood vessels.
Dissection showing the aorta and the major arteries of the thorax (the bit inside the ribcage) and abdomen.
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