This saw was used to amputate people’s arms or legs. It is about five hundred years old. Back then, there were no proper anaesthetics, and no effective analgesics. As a result, the surgeon had to work very quickly.
Use our 3D amputation saw model in the classroom to bring your curriculum teaching to life: https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/resources/amputation-saw
Find out more in the Science Museum Group online collection: https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co166821/