Inappropriate Advice and Poor Choice of Amputating Technique

Before anaesthesia, it was never easy for either surgeons to recommend and, more especially, it was extremely difficult for patients to accept amputation. As Gross observed,43 many limbs were removed unnecessarily and many retained that should have been promptly removed. And even today, there are situations when experienced surgeons find the choice of action an equivocal dilemma. In the past, bad advice could certainly prove disastrous. For example, Usmah, a 12th-century Arabic writer, reported that a crusading knight was receiving treatment for a leg ulcer from a Lebanese physician with some success when a Frankish physician interfered, asking if the knight preferred to live with one leg or die with two. When the knight replied one leg, the Frank-ish physician called for an axeman who laid the leg on a block of wood and severed the limb after two blows, the first failing to do so; unfortunately, the knight died, perhaps because of infection.44

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