Elective Amputation From 1846 to Recent Times

"... that, while the surgeon endeavours to avoid Scylla, he may not unwittingly run into Charybdis, mutilating a limb that might have been saved, and endangering life by the retention of one that should have been promptly amputated."

Gross, 18621

"For it is not necessary... that pus should be generated in wounds. No error can be greater than this."

Theodoric, c. 12672

Revolutionary changes in the past 150 years have rendered operative surgery acceptable to patients, previously terrorised by pain, hazarded by blood loss and uncontrollable debilitating and lethal wound infections. At the same time, operative capabilities have spread an ever-widening net of endeavour to all parts of the body, from foetuses in utero to the elderly, severely injured and moribund, and although amputation remains a final solution for some, this now produces better functional stumps backed by increasingly sophisticated prostheses, often facilitating near-normal activity for amputees.

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