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Amputations/Surgeries in World War 1

By Maddie Held
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Maddie Held

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Amputations/Surgeries in World War 1

How Were Amputations Preformed in WW1? Statistics from WW1 about amputations -Over 1.65 million men in the British Army were wounded during the First World War.
-Of these, around 240,000 British soldiers suffered total or partial leg or arm amputations as a result of war wounds. Why where there so many amputations in WW1? -Medical science and knowledge was not as advanced as it is today.
-No Antibiotics
-A bullet was a soft lead ball. When it hit someone it flattened, causing terrible injuries, shattering bone, and tearing off large chunks of flesh.
-The ballistics of the mini ball caused bones to shatter, so that there was nothing left to serve as foundation for any restoration.
-No way to fight infection except removing a limb before gangrene set in.
-Trench warfare Pictures of Tools Used Pictures of people who went through amputations in WW1 Artificial Limbs -Most of the soldiers were fitted with artificial limbs By Maddie Held Surgeries/Amputations in WW1 -The simplest form of amputation that would preserve the maximum amount of healthy limb was undertaken, and the circular type of amputation, with the wound left wide open, was therefore done.
- Often in traumatic amputations, the limb was simply cut across and the bone trimmed.
- There was no sanitation and the doctors reused tools without even washing them
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